Transporter Chess has been invented in 1994 by Torben Osted. Rules were published in Eteroscacco, the periodical of AISE, and in Variant Chess.
The game is played on a normal chess board. In addition to the usual set of pieces, each player has one extra piece: the transporter. Rules are as in orthodox chess, but with the following modifications:
- Transporters can be at the same squares as usual pieces.
- At the start of the game, the transporters are placed on the squares e1 and e8, below the kings. (The white transporter is on e1, the black on e8.)
- Instead of a normal move, players can also make a move with a transporter.
- Transporters cannot take, and cannot be taken. However, when a piece moves with a transporter, it is possible to take.
- Transporters move one square in any direction (i.e., like a king).
- When there is a friendly piece on top of a transporter, this can be moved together with the transporter. It is possible to take, when moving in this way. It is also allowed to move a transporter without moving the piece on it with it.
- A piece on top of a friendly transporter can make an ordinary move and take the transporter with it. It is also allowed to move the piece and leave the transporter where it is.
- Transporters can never move pieces of the opponent, and the opponent can never move the transporter.
- It is allowed that the two transporters are on the same square.
One can for instance use a checkers piece as transporter.
Note that the role of the transporter is to allow pieces to be moved along with it, allowing a piece to move in kinglike manner with the transporter. For instance, the transporter allows you to have both your bishops on the same color.
Written by: Hans Bodlaender
WWW page created: July 15, 1996. Last modified: December 11, 1996.