Some More about the variant ChessX
Last year, I wrote an article on this website suggesting a logical variation on the game of Chess I called ChessX. I also desired to keep the rules of Chess as currently played with as few modifications as possible.
First, I added a new piece with the mobility of the King. Each player, White and Black, received two of these pieces I called the Guard. (To maintain the medieval theme of Chess.) I placed one the Kingside and one on the Queenside. In the diagram, they are the two crossed spears in front of the door.
This required expanding the board to 10 x 8. Then, I thought, why not maintain the board as a square? So, I added a row behind each side. This makes the board 10 x 10, or 100 squares.
Here is a screenshot of the result:
To show how ChessX alters the flavor of playing a Chess-like game I considered the two games almost every Chess player knows: Fool's mate and Scholar's mate. We will consider Fool's mate first. After 1. P6c-6d P5h-5f 2. P7c-7e Q4i-8e+ we come to the following position in ChessX:
If this were Chess, the White King would be checkmated. In ChessX, the White King can escape to the two squares: 5a and 6a. (The squares with the green x in them.)
A similar situation exists playing what would be Scholar's Mate in Chess. After 1. P5c-5e P5h-5f 2. B6b-3e N2i-3g 3. Q4b-8f N7i-6g 4. Q8fx6h+:
Notice that the Black King would have been mated if this were Chess; but, because this is ChessX, he has 5j and 6j to escape to.
The screenshots I have used are from a program that I wrote. It does nothing but show the positions of the ChessX pieces. It does NOT play.
Feel free to comment, good or bad. Thanks.