The Chess Variant Pages

Check out Expanded Chess, our

featured variant for September, 2023.

[ Help | Earliest Comments | Latest Comments ]
[ List All Subjects of Discussion | Create New Subject of Discussion ]
[ List Latest Comments Only For Pages | Games | Rated Pages | Rated Games | Subjects of Discussion ]

Comments/Ratings for a Single Item

Later Reverse Order Earlier
The Emperor's Game. Variant on 10 by 10 board from 19th century Germany. (10x10, Cells: 100) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Jörg Knappen wrote on 2023-03-15 UTC

The name of the author is still kind of a mystery. I think the author is best identified as "L. Tressan" (Ludwig is obviously an interpolation and not really sourced). In the comments on Sultan's game (Sultanspiel) we had a longer discussion on the mysterious "L. Tressan".

Also, the title of Tressan's book contains a typo, it should read "seine" instead of "siene".

🕸Fergus Duniho wrote on 2023-03-14 UTC

Based on the information provided on this page, the inventor is misidentified in ChessV.

Georgi Markov wrote on 2022-10-14 UTC

Please check my paper dealing with the Emperor's Game (and Sultan's):

Georgi Markov wrote on 2021-12-05 UTC

Indeed. Please see my comments on the Sultan's game page from October 20 and 21.

gmarkov wrote on 2021-12-05 UTC

Indeed. See my comments from October 20 and 21 for the Sultan's game.

Jean-Louis Cazaux wrote on 2021-12-02 UTC

The rule of castling is not correct as far as the Rook is concerned. When castling, the king moves three squares when castling short and four when castling long. The rook jumps to the immediate square on the other side of the king.

This will be corrected in future editions of A World of Chess, by JL.Cazaux and R.Knowlton.

H. G. Muller wrote on 2021-05-11 UTC

Oops, sorry. I just cloned the diagram for The Sultan's Game and removed the Marshall, without realizing the Sultan's game swaps the a-side N and B compared to their orthodox position. I fixed this now. For the castling I still have to figure out a solution.

Jörg Knappen wrote on 2021-05-11 UTC

The new setup is mistaken, the Knights are between the Rooks and the Bishops, and the Bishops are on different colours, compare p. 77 in the book by L. Tressan here:

H. G. Muller wrote on 2021-05-11 UTC
files=10 ranks=10 satellite=emperor graphicsDir=/graphics.dir/alfaeriePNG35/ holdingsType=1 promoZone=1 maxPromote=1 squareSize=35 graphicsType=png lightShade=#FFFFCC startShade=#E8A800 rimColor=#804545 coordColor=#E8A800 borders=0 firstRank=1 useMarkers=1 promoChoice=*C*Q*A*R*B*N castleGap=-1 symmetry=mirror pawn::fmWfceFifmnDifmnH::a2-k2 knight:N:::b1,i1 bishop::::c1,h1 rook::::a1,j1 adjudant::BN:cardinal:g1 queen::::f1 commander::QN:amazon:d1 king::KilO3irO4::e1

The Emperor's Game

Greg Strong wrote on 2020-12-17 UTC

Thank you for the correction. I have updated both this page and the Sultan's Game page.

Jean-Louis Cazaux wrote on 2020-12-17 UTC

The name of the German author is Tressau, not Tressan. I know, it's confusing because the original book was written in gothic script and the u and the n are very similar (although slightly different). Here is a u, so Tressau.

Greg Strong wrote on 2020-12-17 UTC

I have rewritten most of this page with updated information from Jean-Louis Cazaux's excellent new book A World of Chess, co-authored with Rick Knowlton. The previous version had incorrectly identified the author of a book on chess variants as the game's inventor. Additional historical information has also been added.

Jose Carrillo wrote on 2008-06-15 UTC
The Emperors Game is one of the original variants to display some of the 'Modern' principles: Reverse Symmetry and symmetric castling to either flank of the board.

John Ayer wrote on 2003-08-11 UTC
L. Tressan, or perhaps Tressau, also invented a slightly larger variant,
the Sultan's Game, on this website at .

14 comments displayed

Later Reverse Order Earlier

Permalink to the exact comments currently displayed.