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It was last modified on: 2001-01-04
 By David  Howe. Diagonal Chess. Board turned 45 degrees. (8x8, Cells: 64) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Brian Wagner wrote on 2020-09-23 UTCExcellent ★★★★★

Very similar to Wagner Chess:

Henry Park wrote on 2014-04-13 UTCAverage ★★★
I think exchanging places of rook and bishop is better because bishop isn't colurbound and rook is colorbound in here.

Gabriel wrote on 2012-02-22 UTCGood ★★★★
I've been toying with a similar idea for the last couple of days and
decided to google it. I'm happy to see other people have also thought of

All in all, I like your initial board setup but I don't like the knight
movement change and the pawn promotion rules are hard to learn. Diagonal
chess should be casual, fun and easy, when you are bored of the normal

In my current design, pawn promotion only happens at the very last square
(H8). This might seem near impossible to achieve, but my pawn movement is
also different. You can move them in either diagonal and only eat straight
forward. Exactly the opposite of the image above. This makes the game
completely different and quite fun, as you can group pawns from different
lanes together in creative formations.

I have also toyed with dropping one of the bishops instead of the 8th pawn.
The initial board setup is thus different, with a knight by each rook, the
8th pawn in the center, and the queen and bishop adjacent to the king.

Benjamin Scott wrote on 2005-03-06 UTCGood ★★★★
A friend and I 'invented' a variation like this independently, except we had the knights moving 'normally' -- just the pawns were different. And we didn't do pawn promotion at all. It made things a lot more interesting without having to remember a whole new set of rules. Normal chess stategy almost applies, but also keeps tripping you up as you forget which way things are going! Like the description says, one nice thing about this is that you can use a regular chess set -- important as we only had the one!

Charles Gilman wrote on 2003-11-16 UTCGood ★★★★
At first glance I thought the promotion limits rather odd, but now I can
see that the Queening squares are indeed harder to get to than other
promotion squares from binomial theory. It still seems slightly odd that
the Knights have been turned into Camels in all but name, although it is
good illustration of the connection between the two leapers' moves.

One thing to do with the 8th Pawn would be stick it on top of the left
Rook to represent a real (unbound) Knight. That way the radial linepieces
would be one bound to each square colour on the left and a single unbound
one on the right, and the oblique leapers would be the other way round.

Anonymous wrote on 2003-08-09 UTCGood ★★★★

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