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February 2000, S. Sirotkin sent a chess variant, called Herd. He wrote:

This game is experience to collect together some jumping pieces. It is imperfectly. Later I want to find more interesting variant.

Opening setup Herd

This two player game is played on a board of 7 by 7 squares.

Each player has 1 King, 2 Knights, 2 Camels, 2 Bisons, and 7 Pawns.

Opening setup:

White: King d1; Knight a1, g1; Camel b1, f1; Bison c1, e1; Pawn a2, b2, c2, d2, e2, f2, g2.

Black: King d7; Knight a7, g7; Camel b7, f7; Bison c7, e7; Pawn a6, b6, c6, d6, e6, f6, g6.



The game is conducted by the rules of orthodox chess with the following changes:

  • Knights make (like in orthodox chess) a (1,2)-jump.
  • Camels can make a (1,3)-jump.
  • Bisons can make a (1,3)-jump or a (2,3)-jump.
  • Promotion. When pawns reach last rank they promote to another piece, as follows: on a square a or g - to rook-knight, on a square b or f - to rook-camel, on a square c or e - to rook-bison, on a square d - to rook-knight, rook-camel, or rook-bison, to the choice of the player owning the piece.

Written by Sergey Sirotkin.
WWW page created: February 25, 2000.