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Victorian Chess

Introduction

This variant is based on Capablanca and starts with pieces in a pleasing arrangement that guards all the starting pawns, maintains the most logical parts of the FIDE chess set-up in the center squares and puts the most powerful pieces on the outside of the board.

The reasoning behind this set up is to give regular chess players a chance to develop pieces as they might ordinarily, while adding two new pieces from the Capablanca game into play. While play may be slightly slow in developing than some other Capablanca variants, I think will comfort regular Chess players.

Setup

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8 |*C*|*R*|*N*|*B*|*A*|*K*|*B*|*N*|*R*|*Q*| 8

+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+

7 |*P*|*P*|*P*|*P*|*P*|*P*|*P*|*P*|*P*|*P*| 7

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6 |:::| |:::| |:::| |:::| |:::| | 6

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5 | |:::| |:::| |:::| |:::| |:::| 5

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4 |:::| |:::| |:::| |:::| |:::| | 4

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3 | |:::| |:::| |:::| |:::| |:::| 3

+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+

2 |:P:| P |:P:| P |:P:| P |:P:| P |:P:| P | 2

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1 | C |:R:| N |:B:| A |:K:| B |:N:| R |:Q:| 1

+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+ White

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Pieces

With the standard pieces, two pieces from the Capablanca set are included. The Archbishop and the Chancellor which combine the remaining minor pieces into double pieces.

Rules

Most rules are as in orthodox chess. We mention the differences only:

The Chancellor has the combined moves of Rook and Knight, i.e., each move the Chancellor may move either as a Rook, or as a Knight. (This is similar to the Queen, who has the combined moves of Rook and Bishop.)

The Archbishop has the combined moves of Bishop and Knight.

When a player castles, the King always moves two squares towards the rook, as in normal chess.

Pawns can promote to queen, archbishop, chancellor, rook, knight, or bishop, to the owning players choice.



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Author: John Kipling Lewis. Inventor: John Kipling Lewis and David Paulowich.
Web page created: 2007-09-29. Web page last updated: 2007-09-29