I tried to incorporate a piece that moves as a "crooked bishop", but I called it a "general" instead.
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
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 same as in orthodox chess, except: Â¤ Pawns only ever move 1 step at a time. Â¤ Free castling. King and rook canâ€™t have agents in between them. Â¤ The game is played on a 9x9 checkered board instead of an 8x8 board. Â¤ Each player has 3 blacksmiths beside the board when the game starts. The first move consists of placing all 3 blacksmiths on the playerâ€™s second rank. Â¤ The generals (known as â€œboyscoutâ€ in other variants) move like crooked bishops. Â¤ 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