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Zeppelin 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.

Zeppelin Chess follows the rules of orthodox chess. It is played on the Gustavian board with extra corner squares, on which are Zeppelins placed. The Zeppelin flies to any empty square orthogonally, ie. the rook-directions. This means that it can also fly directly, from one of the extra corner squares, to the opposite corner square in the enemy position. This is a move that one ought to watch out for. Therefore extended castling is employed. The Zeppelin captures an enemy piece by landing immediately beyond its victim. On this board the Zeppelin's value corresponds to a bishop (estimate).

Extended castle: when castling the king may jump three squares, but it can also jump two as usual. The rook ends up on its usual square. The extended castling rule makes play on the wings easier to achieve. The king can rapidly take control over the kingside or queenside corner square, and advancement on the wing can occur without putting the king at risk.

The Zeppelin can move to any empty square orthogonally. The rook and the knight can be captured.

In the following preset moves are validated and automated, including Zeppelin moves, castling and 'en passant', but check, etc., are not parsed. 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.

Zeppelin Chess

(You can also download a Zillions implementation here.)

See also my other Game Courier presets.

This 'user submitted' page is a collaboration between the posting user and the Chess Variant Pages. Registered contributors to the Chess Variant Pages have the ability to post their own works, subject to review and editing by the Chess Variant Pages Editorial Staff.

By M Winther.
Web page created: 2009-06-24. Web page last updated: 2009-06-24