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Check out Gross Chess, our featured variant for June, 2023.

This page is written by the game's inventor, Este.


Goodchess is played on a sixtyfour square chessboard

The two players start with sixteen pieces each


No pieces start on each player�s first row Starting on each player�s second row Rook - Knight - Bishop - Queen - King - Bishop - Knight - Rook White King on e2 black King on e7 Starting on each player�s third row 2 x Pawns 2 x Copper pawns 2 x Silver pawns 2 x Gold pawns Two pawns start in front of the Knights Copper start in front of the Bishops Silver start in front of the Rooks Gold start in front of the King & Queen


King Queen Rook Bishop Knights (all standard) Gold moves as a King promotes to a Queen Silver moves one orthogonally promotes to a Rook Copper moves one diagonally promotes to a Bishop Pawn advances one forward captures one diagonally forward promotes to a Knight


All the rules and moves are the same as standard chess except for the pawns 

Pawns are promoted to their higher rank on reaching the last row or on capturing a non-pawn


Copper Silver & Gold pawns are based on the  ancient moves of the Ferz Wazir & Mann

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By Este.
Web page created: 2009-09-17. Web page last updated: 2012-03-03