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


By Gerd P. Degens

For the game each player needs 7 queens, 4 rooks, 2 bishops, 2 knights and 1 king. The game is played without pawns.

King and knight move in the standard way, the moves for queen, rook and bishop are restricted.

The game is played on the usual 8 x 8 standard board. The FIDE rules apply - with the following exceptions.





Castling takes place unchanged - now between king and queen.

King and knight move in the standard way, for the moves of queen, rook and bishop the following applies:

Queen's moves (Halfqueen):

Bishop moves (Quarterbishop):

Rook move options (Quarterrook):




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By Gerd P. Degens.

Last revised by Gerd Degens.

Web page created: 2023-08-25. Web page last updated: 2023-10-22