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The Chess Variant Pages


Powerchess, also called Superchess, was invented in New York city, around 1950. It was described by John Gollon (author of Chess Variations: Ancient, Regional, and Modern in a correspondence to John Ayer.


The board is ten squares by ten, with a white square on each player's extreme right. White's first rank, from left to right, is rook, knight, bishop, queen, king, commander, queen, bishop, knight, rook. The second rank is pawns, which may move one, two, or three squares forward on their first move, with e.p. capture at either juncture. Black's initial array mirrors white's. The commander combines the powers of rook, bishop, and knight. The king moves three squares toward the rook in castling. All other rules are as in normal chess.

Webpage made by Hans Bodlaender, based upon email of John Ayer.
WWW page created: January 16, 2003.