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Queen's Chess... a revolution

Queen's Chess... a revolution

Nov 18, 2011, 5:31 AM 4

This is queen's chess... an idea that a friend of mine and I came up with while at a chess tournament in Wisconsin. We were very tired from a three-round day and decided to come up with something new. So, we said, "why not checkmate the queen instead, since she's the most powerful piece on the board?" Thus the game took shape.

The rules are the same as standard king's chess with a few exceptions. 1. The starting position is different for several reasons, namely to create immediate tension on the board (pawns can no longer advance by two on the first move), as well as provide a bank rank which is open, allowing pieces to recoordinate and reorganize. 2. The 2-square advance is eliminated and replaced with a different first-move choice... a pawn can move backwards by one square (this will help with defense of pawns as well as create space in front of the pawn) 3. You must either checkmate the queen or eliminate all of her pieces, which is sufficient to win because a lone queen cannot checkmate another queen, thus she will be doomed to running away. As in king's chess a lone king has the chance for a draw - the only way this happens in queen's chess is by stalemate.

As you can see queen's chess is not as forgiving to the monarch - the only way to draw is by stalemate or before the last piece has been taken. It's akin to exiling the queen, as she has no more minions and no more assertive power. Although it is impossible to checkmate a long queen on an open board with, say, two rooks and a queen, there is no need to say it's a draw because the lone queen can do nothing anyway. Even if one side has a queen and pawn against a lone queen, it is considered a loss if the lone queen cannot capture the pawn.

Here's an example of a game of queen's chess.

You may be wondering about several things... Why the rook move? Simple, to swing it to any side of the board as needed. How does one defend the queen? Simple, by tucking it away as you would a king in standard chess, as well as by pieces surrounding it. The best piece for the job is actually the king because he is the weakest piece but can capture freely, as well as give check to the enemy queen! I have many games recorded using this queen's chess, however I used this one to demonstrate how easily the queen can be checkmated. This game is beautiful to me and I think it deserves some attention. If not, I will enjoy playing it in my own time.

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