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Descent Chess

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

The objective is checkmate. You start with a King and two pawns. All your other pieces are in reserve. On your turn you can either move a piece with the usual chess rules or place a piece from the reserve at any empty position on your half of the board. Pawns may not be placed on the first rank. Regular rules for the pawn's double step, en passant, and castling, are still valid.

The following preset makes a reasonably good validity check of moves. Moves are automated, including castling and the 'en passant' move. Pieces can be moved by pointing and clicking. When promoting a pawn, it will automatically turn into a Queen. Should you prefer another piece then you must type it manually (e.g., add N a8; capture a7). Use small piece-letters for black. E-mails to your opponent are generated, but you can play online by intermittently pressing the browser's update button. Keep in mind that you are only allowed to place the pieces on your first four ranks. Descent Chess was invented by Andreas Kaufmann, 2003.

Descent Chess

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Author: M Winther. Inventor: Andreas Kaufmann.
Web page created: 2006-06-13. Web page last updated: 2006-06-13