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Camelrider Chess

This page contains one or more presets for playing game online with Game Courier, an online server for playing Chess variants by correspondence.

The objective is checkmate. On the corner squares are initially positioned two Camelriders per side. The Camelrider moves like a Camel (that is, 1 + 3, like an extended knight) but may continue any number of leaps in the same direction (on this board, a maximum of three leaps), provided that the intermediate square(s) are empty. Otherwise regular rules apply, except for the additional possibility of pawn promotion to Camelrider. The Camelrider has the value of a knight or bishop. A Camel is bound to one square colour, like a bishop.

Beware of the Camelrider's capability of long-range threats, especially to the king. Such threats are difficult to ward off since one cannot go between with a piece, except on the intermediate square(s). I don't know who invented the Camelrider, but the Camel is known since medieval times. Note that pawns are promoted already on the eight rank. Promotion on the eight rank is mandatory. Camelrider Chess was invented by Peter Aronson, 2002.

The following preset makes a good validity check of Camelrider moves, etc., but rules are not fully enforced, so you must know the syntax for en passant and castling. To castle you simply type the two moves, separated by a semicolon. To capture by en passant you type, e.g. "P e6-f7; capture f6". When promoting a pawn, type, for instance, "P a7-a8; add Q a8" (use small piece-letters for black). Use C and c, respectively, when moving Camelriders (should you want to promote to a Camelrider you must use the internal syntax JJ).


Camelrider Chess



See also my other Game Courier presets.






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Author: M Winther. Inventor: Peter Aronson.
Web page created: 2006-07-15. Web page last updated: 2006-07-15