The site has moved to a new server, and there are now some issues to fix. Please report anything needing fixing with a comment to the homepage.



The Chess Variant Pages



Enter Your Reply

The Comment You're Replying To
Kevin Pacey wrote on 2020-11-02 UTC

This seems to me to be a quite attractive alternative setup, for those into the Capablanca Chess genre.

In some cases in Embassy Chess, however, safely castling queenside sometimes might be a bit awkward to arrange, without making some sort of (small?) concession, because of the possibility of an enemy bishop (beginning on the h-file) capturing a knight developed to the third rank on the c-file, if there must then occur a re-capture by the b-pawn.

Otherwise, I do not much lament the knights starting a bit far from the centre, partly for the good of the rest of a player's army, and partly because, if a player does manage to castle, a knight on the third rank might serve as a good defender for a king in a number of ways. An undeveloped bishop beaming towards a king's residence (else undeveloped R) on a flank might often prove bearable in the long- or short-run, too.

It might be fun to experiment with Embassy Chess by using a reverse symmetry re-positioning of the setup and/or using some different form of castling rules, but I don't think either idea necessarily could prove much of an improvement. The same goes for the symmetric setup RNBQCKABNR, which was mentioned in the Schoolbook page Comments thread on 1 OCT 2009 by Charles Daniels (who noted it might be patented) - one pro I see is that Kingside castling may be easier and faster to arrange (which is nice cosmetically, too), but one con is that cosmetically, the Q is not next to the K.

https://www.chessvariants.com/rules/schoolbook


Edit Form

Comment on the page Embassy Chess

Quick Markdown Guide

By default, new comments may be entered as Markdown, simple markup syntax designed to be readable and not look like markup. Comments stored as Markdown will be converted to HTML by Parsedown before displaying them. This follows the Github Flavored Markdown Spec with support for Markdown Extra. For a good overview of Markdown in general, check out the Markdown Guide. Here is a quick comparison of some commonly used Markdown with the rendered result:

Top level header: <H1>

Block quote

Second paragraph in block quote

First Paragraph of response. Italics, bold, and bold italics.

Second Paragraph after blank line. Here is some HTML code mixed in with the Markdown, and here is the same <U>HTML code</U> enclosed by backticks.

Secondary Header: <H2>

  • Unordered list item
  • Second unordered list item
  • New unordered list
    • Nested list item

Third Level header <H3>

  1. An ordered list item.
  2. A second ordered list item with the same number.
  3. A third ordered list item.
Here is some preformatted text.
  This line begins with some indentation.
    This begins with even more indentation.
And this line has no indentation.

Alt text for a graphic image

A definition list
A list of terms, each with one or more definitions following it.
An HTML construct using the tags <DL>, <DT> and <DD>.
A term
Its definition after a colon.
A second definition.
A third definition.
Another term following a blank line
The definition of that term.