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It was last modified on: 1997-06-09
Knot Chess. Board in shape of geometric knot.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
George Duke wrote on 2009-01-08 UTC
Missoum's knot chess is not chess only if the board is two-sided.

xxx wrote on 2006-08-14 UTC
I don't think appearance is important! I think the following Mobius Chess is reasonable: . . . . . . . .1 . . . . . . . .2 p p p p p p p p3 r n b q k b n r4 p p p p p p p p5 . . . . . . . .6 . . . . . . . .7 . . . . . . . .1\ . . . . . . . .2| P P P P P P P P3| R N B Q K B N R4>back P P P P P P P P5| . . . . . . . .6| . . . . . . . .7/ a b c d e f g h The board is double-sided so some special rule can be made. PS:I'm a Chinese and my English is poor.

Tony Paletta wrote on 2003-05-09 UTC
TQ, I was with you almost to the end of the last sentence. Novelty would be fine. 'Variant concept'? - No! I'm too lazy to learn a new word for CVs that AREN'T other CVs in disguise.

Tony Quintanilla wrote on 2003-05-09 UTC
Ok. If it is a cylinder, then 'anonymous' is correct and the game cannot start because the checkmate condition is met from the start. If the board is not a cylinder, then Tony Paletta is right and there is no difference between this game and ortho-Chess, except the 'appearance', but not the geometry, of the board. Perhaps the point is just to have an interesting looking board to play on. Such a large change in the appearance of the board can alter one's conceptualization of the moves and one's thinking about tactics, strategy, etc. That is in itself an interesting variant concept. Any other interpretations?

Doug Chatham wrote on 2003-05-08 UTC
Well, then, if both sides are in checkmate they have a equal chance of winning ;-)

Anonymous wrote on 2003-05-08 UTC
But with this interpretation, both sides are in checkmate in the opening setup!

Tony Quintanilla wrote on 2003-05-08 UTC
Well, it seems that the only difference is that the board is essentially a cylinder where the 1st and 8th ranks are connected, since there is no rule that pieces must stop upon reaching the 8th rank or the 1st on the 'knot'. The knot itself does not seem to play a role in the game.

Tony Paletta wrote on 2003-05-08 UTC
Maybe I'm missing something: in what meaningful sense is Knot Chess not chess?

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