Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Landscape Chess

I had a weekend of chess. Saturday, a couple of friends came over and we played some games. Next day my sister's family came, my nephew wanted to play chess too. So we had a few games.

My very young daughter then wanted to play and we had a good mess around, laughing our heads off as we came up with crazy ideas for new rules and ways that the pieces can move. Then out of the chaos some order arose and we found a fun new way to play chess.

Originally it had another name, but after doing some research on the Internet I found other chess variants with the same name. So to make this variant unique I have decided on naming it Landscape Chess. At first I was disheartened that someone had already created a chess variant using a diagonal board (although I had thought someone might have). However, the other variants all seem to muddy the beauty of chess. I personally think this variant actually complements chess, and more than that, it brings something new to explore.

How to play Landscape Chess

Setting up

The chess board is turned diagonally, so that a black corner faces each player. The pieces are arranged as shown in the pictures (K is king and N is knight).


The pieces actually move in the same way as regular chess. Except for the pawn, which moves the same, only diagonally.


There is no castling in Landscape Chess. When pawns get to either edge of the other side of the board they can be promoted to any other piece. The goal of the game is to get the opponents king into check mate, just like in regular chess. 

Landscape Chess has one new rule not found in regular chess: at any point in the game the player can move one bishop to an adjacent square of a different colour. This can be done only once, per player. The reason for this new rule is that at the beginning of the game all bishops begin on the same colour square. This new rule adds much to the strategy and actually makes the bishop a very formidable piece, if used wisely.