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Fractal Chess

This is a rules file for Zillions of Games, a Windows program that will let you play any puzzle or strategy board game you can feed it the rules to. With Zillions-of-Games installed, this rules file will let you play this game against your computer.

Fractal Chess
 invented and implemented by Stephane Burkhart (September 2006)
 Pieces and Boards design borrowed from "Double alternate" Chess by K.Franklin

This game presents two boards at different scales, one large square of the second corresponding to four small squares of the first.
There's a similitude of play on both scale levels, hence the naming 'fractal chess'.
The rules of normal Chess apply to each board, exception made for promotion absent on the larger one.
In addition, pieces may switch to the other board empty squares (but not capture), although an attacked King must remain on his board.
It is remarkable that on going from larger to smaller scale, two Bishop friends may finish on the same color.
The game is ended when the enemy King, on either board, is checkmated.

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By Stephane Burkhart.
Web page created: 2007-11-03. Web page last updated: 2007-11-03