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Steward Chess

Introduction

This variant allows the King to give additional 'King moves' to one other piece on the board.

Setup

As in orthodox chess.

Pieces

A Steward moves one square orthogonally without capturing or one square diagonally to capture. It also retains a Pawn's right to take two steps from the second rank. A Steward promotes (on the final rank) to Crowned Knight, Crowned Bishop or Crowned Rook only.

Rules

Follow all normal chess rules with the following changes.

1. In lieu of a move, a player may 'crown' any piece adjacent to the King. Only one 'crowned' piece per player is allowed on the board at a time.

2. Crowned Knights, Bishops and Rooks gain the ability to move like a King. A crowned Pawn becomes a Steward (described above).

3. If a player has a crowned piece on the board, and he crowns a new piece, the original crowned piece is automatically 'uncrowned' or returned to normal.

Notes

The Knight gains the most value from being crowned, and I anticipate that the most effective openings will include moving a Knight to e2/d2 for this purpose.



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By Adrian Alvarez de la Campa.
Web page created: 2006-10-12. Web page last updated: 2006-10-12