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Templar Chess

This variant attempts to add an unorthodox piece to the FIDE array, while maintaining many of the same opening possibilities as standard Chess. The new piece is called a Templar, named after the Knights Templar, the Christian military order. I hope the name is suggestive of the Templar's two-square Bishop move as well as its cross-shaped leaping moves (two squares orthogonally). The piece graphic may represent a shield or a chalice (i.e. the Holy Grail) and is adorned with the Cross of the Knights Templar.



The Templar is a colorbound piece which may move two squares in any orthogonal direction (jumping over any intervening piece) or slide one or two squares diagonally (as a Bishop).


All standard chess rules apply except that castling is not allowed.


Even though the Templar is colorbound and limited in range, Zillions values it a little higher than a Rook.

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By Adrian Alvarez de la Campa.
Web page created: 2006-02-14. Web page last updated: 2006-02-14