This page contains one or more presets for playing game online with Game Courier, an online server for playing Chess variants by correspondence.
In Randomscorpions Chess the opening setup for the pawns is chosen randomly while satisfying the condition that the pawns must be either placed on the second or third rank. There are 256 possible configurations. All of them are sound and balanced, and fully playable. Black's setup mirrors white's. The opening setup for the pieces on the first rank is the same as in orthodox chess. This is convenient, as chessplayers will feel immediately at home. The Scorpions will be placed when the game starts.
The following preset makes a reasonably good validity check of Scorpion moves, etc. Moves are automated, including castling and the 'en passant' move. Pieces can be moved by pointing and clicking. When promoting a Scorpion, 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.
The two oblique moves in the image are the
Scorpions two extra movement possibilities.
It can only capture like a regular pawn.
See also: Scorpion Chess
You can download a Zillions implementation here.
See also my other Game Courier presets.
By M Winther.
Web page created: 2006-07-06. Web page last updated: 2006-07-06