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Amazon Grand Chess

By Namik Zade



My Chess variant is described below. It's a combination of Grand Chess and Amazon Chess.


Ten by ten board.


In the figure below, you can see: third row, P-Pawns; second row from b2,  N-knight, B-Bishop, A-Archbishop, C-Chancellor, K-King, Q-Queen, B-bishop, N-Knight; first row, R-Rook on a1, G-General on g1, and R-Rook on j1.


A-Archbishop - has the combined moves of a Bishop and a Knight.

C-Chancellor - has the combined moves of a Rook and a Knight.

G-General - has the combined moves of a Queen and a Knight.


The game follows the standard Chess rules with two exceptions:

1. Castling is not possible.

2. A Pawn can only promote to a piece lost by its side.


In this variant all Pawns are protected from a3 to j3 like this:1, 2, 2, 2, 3, 4, 5, 2, 1, 1. The diagonal force lines (x and -) in the board are symmetrical. All straight lines are well balanced. See the below figure.

The common goal of all these related ideas is to complete the piece set of the game of Chess in that all combinations of the moves of the light pieces, Knight, Bishop and Rook, will appear as autonomous pieces: the well known Queen, Archbishop, Chancellor and now also the General.

In this Chess variant we can inherit all the theoretical and practical results from classic Chess.