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The Chess Variant Pages



This page is written by the game's inventor, Erez Schatz.

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David Paulowich wrote on 2004-09-25 UTC

In 1889 Ben Foster wrote a book 'Chancellor Chess.' The game is played on a 9x9 board, with the setup RNBQKCNBR. All the pawns are defended and the Bishops are on both light and dark squares.

In 1983 Carlos Cetina proposed 'The Bishops Conversion Rule', which has its own web page on this site. Briefly, one of your Bishops makes its first move in the game: exactly one square horizontally or vertically.

Two games with 11 columns take a new approach. Mainzer Schach places Bishops on the c-file and d-file, and Knights on the h-file and i-file. R. Wayne Schmittberger's Wildebeest Chess has White Bishops and Black Camels on the c-file and d-file, because the setup reverses the placement of the Black pieces.


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