By Richard Stack
Toystore Chess is a small Chess variant designed so that it
could be printed on a single sheet of stiff paper. It is a game of
placement where each player starts with a King, Queen, Rook, Bishop
and Knight in hand, and takes turns placing them on a 5x5 board before
regular play begins.
The game is conducted by rules of FIDE
Chess with the following changes:
It seems to work well, and it is quick. There is, needless to say, a
lot of "action" (perhaps mayhem would be the right word!) It's play has
something in common with solving a chess problem.
The board is five by five (25 squares), and starts empty.
Each player has a King, Queen, Bishop, Knight and a Rook.
Players, starting with white, alternately place their pieces on the
board until they are all placed, the King being placed last. Only
once all pieces have been placed can any moves (including captures)
be made. One can place the pieces anywhere, except that one cannot
place one's King in check.
Play then proceeds according to standard chess rules, with the exception
that there is no castling.
While Toystore Chess is a distinct game, it has some similarities to
both Unachess and
Zillions of Games
There is an implementation of Toystore Chess for Zillions of games. You
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Written by Richard Stack.
HTML conversion by Peter Aronson.
WWW page created: July 31st, 2001.