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Cagliostro's Chess

Savio Cagliostro of Okeechobee, Florida, United States of America, invented Cagliostro's Chess, probably in the third quarter of the 20th century. It was described by John Gollon (author of Chess Variations: Ancient, Regional, and Modern in a correspondence to John Ayer.


The board is twelve squares by eight. White's first rank, from left to right, is rook, knight, bishop, archbishop, chancellor, queen, king, general, archbishop, bishop, knight, rook. Black's setup mirrors White's. The archbishop moves as bishop or knight, the chancellor as rook or knight, the general as rook, bishop, or knight. All other rules are as in standard chess.

John Gollon pointed out that the combination of two minor pieces, the archbishop, appears twice, while the various combinations of a major piece and a minor piece (queen=R+B, chancellor=R+N, general=Q+N) appear once each.

Webpage made by Hans Bodlaender, based upon email of John Ayer.
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