This page contains one or more presets for playing game online with Game Courier, an online server for playing Chess variants by correspondence.
This piece movement functions similarly as a cannon. It opens up interesting tactical and strategical possibilities during all phases of the game. One such possibilty is to exchange a pawn on the same file in order to open the file for continued attack. Pawns that fulfil the requirements for making a jump are referred to as "cannons".
According to the dictionary the term gunnery refers to the use of guns; esp: the science of the flight of projectiles and of the effective use of guns.
Note! A more thorough explanation of the rules, with exemplifying images, can be found here.
The following preset makes only a scarce validity check of cannon moves. Moves are automated, including castling, the 'en passant' move, and the emptying of the destination square at cannon moves. 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. Note that you must watch out for cannon pawn checks, because it's easy for the inexperienced to miss them.
Gunnery Chess (big graphics)
Gunnery Chess (small graphics)
You can also download a Zillions implementation here.
See also my other Game Courier presets.
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By M Winther.
Web page created: 2006-07-03. Web page last updated: 2006-07-03