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Omega Chess - The game is played on a 10x10 board with an extra square in each of the extreme corners where the wizards are placed at the start of the game. The game is laid out like regular chess with the addition of a "champion" in each corner and a "wizard" diagonally behind each champion.http://omegachess.ru
After hearing about this game for years, I finally played a game of it last month. At my Chess tournaments, I bring some variants and other games, and I encourage others to do the same. Someone brought their Omega game, and we played it.
I wouldn't call it my favorite variant, but it was kind of cool. The champion piece is sort of a territory control piece. It can get to an awful lot of nearby squares. Placed somewhere in the center of the board, it dominates that area. That's something that Chess lacks.
It wasn't bad. I don't think it's destined to be a replacement for Chess, but it was a pleasant enough diversion.
Chess it is number 1. But sometimes it would be desirable also something new.
How does a "wizard" move?
I love Omega chess, does anyone know a good Omega Chess Engine? Or software similar to arena to play Omega Chess. I have "Zillions of Games" but I was looking for something better.
Is there a site to play Omega Chess Online?
WinBoard is similar to Arena, but also supports variants and is highly user configurable (e.g. you can adjust the board size and select out of 22 different piece types to create your own non-standard variant). Omega Chess is not amongst the standard variants, however. (It is a commercial variant, and it was not clear if it is allowed to distribute programs for that.) You would also need an engine that plays Omega Chess, however, as WinBoard is just a user interface, and doesn;t think up moves. It could be that the Nebiyu engine (which is also highly configurable for all kinds of variants) could do it.
Like an elongated knight. Additionally, he's a leaper (like the knight and the champion) and he may move to any adjacent diagonal square.
Is it usually a good idea to place the king in the four new corners, no escape square if attacked - just wondering.
IME it's a terrible idea. That would be the only time in Omega Chess when the opponent could checkmate with only a Bishop.
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