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1st Email Championship Chess with Different Armies

Chess with different armies is a chess variant, invented by Ralph Betza. In 2001, a championship will be held, where the games will be played by email.




Signing up for participation is no longer possible.


The precise format depends on the number of participants. Games will be played by email, but participants may agree to play the game by meeting in person, or playing it on-line in one session. Participants will play approximately three games simultaneously, and have three days thinking time per move average. If players exceed this time, their game will be declared lost. Player may and should declare a win when their opponent has not completed 5 moves in 15 days thinking time, or 10 moves in 30 days thinking time, etc. For verification purposes, emails with moves should be cc-ed to a special email address for the competition, that will be only announced to the players.

If players of specifically different strengths sign up, it may be decided to have different sections.

In addition to the thinking time allowed, players may pause some weeks playing when they are on holiday. They must announce this before they go on holiday.

Different Armies rules

The armies

Each player starts with 8 pawns on the second line, and a king on e1 (for white) or e8 (for black). In addition, it has seven pieces, that differ between the different armies. The setup is described for white; for black, the setup is similar but on the 8th instead of the 1st line.

The Fabulous FIDE's

The Nutty Knights

The Colorbound Clobberers

While all other teams castle like in normal chess, when the Colorbound Clobberers castle Queen-side, O-O-O, their King goes from e1 to b1 and their BD goes from a1 to c1. (This keeps the BD colorbound. Similar for black Colorbound Clobberers.))

The Remarkable Rookies


The winner of the competition (on in case there are more sections, the winner of each section) will win a book prize of approximate 25 - 30 US dollars value. The winner may choose among several chess or chess variant related books.
Written by Hans Bodlaender.
WWW page created: April 19, 2001. Last modified: September 26, 2001.