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Anywhere Chess

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Keys "s"=save "l"=load "b"=back once

Origin unknown. Pieces may make non-capturing moves anywhere. Exceptions: Pawns cannot go to their first ranks, and must move to the queening rank normally. Bishops may change color. Kings may only move normally. This was popular in California, where it was known as SuperChess. Anders Ebenfelt seems to have invented this independently and called it Penguin Chess.

Penguin Chess

Anywhere Chess

Chess Variants

These are simple illustrations rather than strong opponents.

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Written by Ed Friedlander

WWW Page Added: Sunday, December 30, 2001