You are on the backup site for Any posts, moves, or other changes you make here will not be permanent, because the pages and database from the main site will be backed up here every midnight EST. Additionally, things may not be working right, because this site is also a testbed for newer system software. So, if you are not here to test, develop, or merely read this site, you may want to change .org to .com in the navigation bar and go to the main site.

The Chess Variant Pages


Bishop, Tower, Horse and Falcon arise
Whole cloth from Wind and Water, Earth and Fire
Dually, Queen and King, Caissa's assize
Ten pawns, duly comprised ten files require
World not made in one day, taketh seven --
Odd seven-piece-weaved fabric makes Chess even.

(Note: The lines read in any order,
with 6! (=720) combinations, rather permutations.
Each line alternately goes backwards too:
(12 x 11 x 10 x 9 x 8 x 7) = 665,280 recitations,
on the order of orthodox chess games database.)


Mercury the Bishop, Venus the Queen
Mars Knight, Saturn Rook, Jupiter the King--
Caissa's seeming motions like as orbits seen,
The playing field on Earth, each trailing ring
About Sol shapes Sun Falcon's hidden paths,
Bodies streaming equal timed and spaced swaths.
-- George William Duke 2001

Written by George William Duke.
WWW page created: March 15, 2001. Last modified: July 10, 2001.