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Superchess and Monarch. Booklet in English and Dutch and book in Dutch about large chess variants with fantasy pieces.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
H. G. Muller wrote on 2008-09-24 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
Note that I implemented the form of Superchess as it is played in the Dutch Open in Fairy-Max, and added support for it in WinBoard. People interested in playing Superchess against the computer, can download the entire package of WinBoard + Fairy-Max set up to play Superchess (although Capablanca, Cylinder, Berolina, Shatranj, Courier, the Unspeakable variant, Falcon Chess, and good old Mad Queen are also still on the menu) from:

The folder contains shortcuts for playing two kinds of Superchess, actually:

The kind that is played in the Dutch open has BN, RN, QN and KN compounds randomly replacing ordinary pieces in a symmetric array (two on Q-side, two on K-side) on an 8x8 board.

The other sub-variant features Emperors in stead of Kings as Royal pieces (an Emperor moves as King, but also has a two-step forward or backward (non-jumping) move), and has Betza's FWAD and WD, the Squirrel (NAD) and the BN compound as replacements in the initial array (also on 8x8).

This only samples a small part of the possibilities of Superchess, which features over 50 different fairy pieces, but it allows you to get a flavor of the game, at least.