The Chess Variant Pages

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

Zigzag X-Chess

ZigZag X-chess

Zigzag X-Chess is a variant of 64 squares arranged in the shape above with the same pieces as orthodox chess and movement is the same except here pawns along with the orthodox taking of pieces one square diagonally can move either one or two squares forward at any time. Moving pawns two squares forward with each move allows them to reach the opponent's side in four moves. Moving two squares at a time with pawns also frees up to some extent potential blocking that crossing movement between all pawns can have. Bishops along with Knights are free to move on the first move.

Written by Robert Bell.