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Generals' Chess

Introduction

I tried to incorporate a piece that moves as a "crooked bishop", but I called it a "general" instead.

Setup

Starting position:

R N G G K Q G N R

P P P P P P P P P

P P P P P P P P P

R N G Q K G G N R

Ranks 3 and 7: 9xPs

Ranks 1 and 9 contain the pieces

Pieces

General is otherwise known as boyscout and crooked bishop.

Blacksmiths move without taking out agents 1 step orthogonally straight forwards or backwards, or slides an unlimited number of squares horizontally. They can't jump. They take out enemy agents 1 square away in any of the four diagonal directions.

Rules

Rules same as in orthodox chess, except:

¤ Pawns only ever move 1 step at a time.

¤ Free castling. King and rook can’t have agents in between them.

¤ The game is played on a 9x9 checkered board instead of an 8x8 board.

¤ Each player has 3 blacksmiths beside the board when the game starts. The first move consists of placing all 3 blacksmiths on the player’s second rank.

¤ The generals (known as “boyscout” in other variants) move like crooked bishops.

¤ Pawns and blacksmiths promote to generals, rooks or knights (option is open every promotion). This happens on the player's eighth rank.



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By Patrik Hedman.
Web page created: 2014-03-16. Web page last updated: 2014-03-16