List of unconventional pieces.

HorusTheThird
I have gotten lost, trying to navigate the obscure jungle of new pieces, and I decided to make a reference list so others don't get lost as I did. Please post your made up pieces here, and make sure to list its properties as well.

HorusTheThird
I dug around a bit and the most common new piece is the guard.
Guard: Move similar to the king, i.e. in all directions one square.
evert823

The most common are the bishop-knight compound and the rook-knight compound. Appearing in dozens of different variants under almost as many different names.

 

Also very amusing:

http://www.chessvariants.com/index/mainquery.php?type=Piececlopedia&orderby=LinkText&displayauthor=1&displayinventor=1&usethisheading=Piececlopedia

HorusTheThird

Thanks! The Piececyclopedia is interesting too.

HGMuller

Note that a non-royal piece moving as King is usually called Man or Commoner. 'Guard' is usually reserved for pieces that step one or jump two squares in all 8 principal directions.

The number of possible pieces is almost infinite, even if you limit it to 'regular' pieces, i.e. pieces that just move from one square to another without affecting what happens / may happen on any other square. Pieces that violate that rule (e.g. by annihilating material not on their target square, or displacing such material as a side effect of their move) can potentially be even larger in number, although one finds them in Chess variants only rarely. Even for regular pieces the moves they are allowed to make themselves might depend on occupation of squares they do not visit (e.g. whether they can /cannot / must jump other pieces).

musketeerchess2017

Hi

There is the Emperor:A royal piece moving like Queen + Knight + Hawk (Musketeer Chess Hawk).

The Citadel (= Rook + Hawk).

 

Emperor Chess is a new game inspired by Maharaja and the Sepoy Game. In the Maharaja the game is an easy win for the Black side. In Emperor it's White who plays first. The Queen is replaced by Unicorn, and the 2 Rooks are replaced by Citadels (= Rook + Hawk).

2 versions exist: Promotion allowed or promotion not allowed. Naturally, the most interesting one is when promotion is not allowed.

The game is playable here: www.musketeerchess.net

HGMuller

The name 'Emperor' has been used for many different pieces, because it is an obvious choice for a royal piece more powerful than a King. In the historic game Maka Dai Dai Shogi the Empror is a 'universal leaper', i.e. it is allowed to always move to any other square of the board, no matter where it currently is, and no matter how the board is occupied, even if the move is a capture. The only exception is that it cannot capture a royal piece if the latter is protected (i.e. recapture is possible).

In Superchess an Emperor is a King that also can also move two squares forward or backward.

HorusTheThird

I keep on finding "hawks" being referenced continually.

The Hawk is a pure leaper. In Musketeer Chess, the Hawk attacks by jumping over pieces 2 to 3 squares orthogonally or diagonally in any direction. The Hawk is a dangerous piece, but it’s also vulnerable as it cannot protect itself from the short-range attacking pieces. You can imagine attacking the opponent king at the opening (especially before castling) with mating patterns.

-MusketeerChess.net

HGMuller

Probably the best known Hawk is that of Seirawan Chess, where the ubiquitous Knight+Bishop and Knight+Rook compounds were renamed to Hawk and Elephant. Because Seirawan actually had pieces designed for those by the House of Staunton to promote his variant, beautiful Elephant and Hawk pieces are commercially available. Because of their availability Musketeer Chess made use of them (in addition to having several other pieces custom made), but with a completely different move.

In Musketeer Chess the BN and RN compound are known by their most-popular names 'Archbishop' and 'Chancellor', introduced by Capablanca, for his variant 'Capablanca Chess'. This was merely a re-invention, though; a variant almost identical to Capablanca Chess was already introduced in the 17th century by Pietro Carrera, who named these pieces 'Champion' and 'Centaur'. Musketeer Chess uses its own piece designs for Archbishop and Chancellor. (Which, unsurprisingly, do not look like hawks or elephants.)

As far as I know a Hawk with the move described in the previous posting is unique to Musketeer Chess and this forum. I also haven't seen this move on a piece with another name. The Japanese kanji for 'hawk' seems to be the same as for 'falcon', and many Shogi variants have a piece with this kanji written on it, but the English names then usually translate it as 'falcon' (e.g. Horned Falcon, Flying Falcon, Raiding Falcon, Tenacious Falcon). The only exception is the Lion Hawk of Tenjiku Shogi.

HorusTheThird

I just thought that this version of the hawk is the most referenced in this forum.

musketeerchess2017
HorusTheThird wrote:

I just thought that this version of the hawk is the most referenced in this forum.

 

Hi, Musketeer Chess Hawk is a figural piece first used by GM Seirawan in his variant SHarper or Seirawan Chess. The pieces were a joint design. The main designer was Mr Frank A Camaratta.

What i find less wise is that Elephant = R+N = Chancellor described in Capablanca Chess (ampong others) and Hawk = B + N = Archbishop.

I liked the fact that the Hawk is a hunter attacking by falling from the sky. Then came the idea of the moves like shown in Musketeer Chess.

GM Seirawan has the merit of being the first to introduce these pieces. I think Musketeer Chess has the merit of the wisest choice concerning the rules of these pieces.

 

HorusTheThird
The angel(on this forum) moves like a queen, musketeer hawk, and a knight combined. Adjacent pieces are immune to capture, and an adjacent king is not subject to check and checkmate. The angel cannot take pieces.

The builder moves one square orthogonally, but cannot capture. Pieces adjacent to the builder ( including diagonally) temporarily inherit each other's properties. For example, a pawn next to a builder which is also next to a queen can temporarily move like a queen.
HorusTheThird
The joker is a piece that inherits the properties of the last piece that your opponent moved. If the last piece your opponent moved was their joker, your joker inherits the moving capabilities that their joker had.
vickalan

Here's some graphics for some of the pieces:

Guard: moves as king but not affected by check.

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(The first is the "Sage" from Courier Chess played in 13th century which moves the same as a king or guard)

I also like the "Elite Guard". This graphic might be what variant chess looks like in the future.

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Hawk: jumps 2 or 3 squares in queen's directions (Musketeer definition).

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Angel - protects adjacent friendly pieces from capture.

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Builder - pieces next to the builder inherit each others abilities.

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Joker - moves as the piece last moved by the opponent.

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Some of the other pieces mentioned here might be less common, and I didn't have graphics for them. I might add one or two others tomorrow.happy.png

musketeerchess2017
Hi HorusTheThird
Angel is the Emperor in my game Emperor Chess.

Please take a look at my website to try the game and tell me what u think about it.

It is inspired by Maharajah and the Sepoys. A game that is an easy win for Black.

To be released soon: Caesar Chess featuring Ceasar = Emperor + Unicorn.

A Royal and very strong piece
musketeerchess2017
musketeerchess2017 wrote:
Hi HorusTheThird
Angel is the Emperor in my game Emperor Chess.

Please take a look at my website to try the game and tell me what u think about it.

It is inspired by Maharajah and the Sepoys. A game that is an easy win for Black.

To be released soon: Caesar Chess featuring Ceasar = Emperor + Unicorn.

A Royal and very strong piece

 

Hi, i just released Caesar Chess. Try it here: http://musketeerchess.net/games/caesar/index.php

HorusTheThird
I know, I saw it already. Very tricky, if you hang a pawn as white you're dead. Thanks, vickalan, for posting the graphics.
musketeerchess2017
HorusTheThird wrote:
I know, I saw it already. Very tricky, if you hang a pawn as white you're dead. Thanks, vickalan, for posting the graphics.

I agree ! Normally white should win with very precise play. But this game is much better than Maharajah and the sepoys in my opinion. The Caesar is really a hell of a piece !

HorusTheThird

I actually meant that I saw emperor chess already, I can't go to caesar chess, though, it just puts me at emperor chess.

musketeerchess2017
HorusTheThird wrote:

I actually meant that I saw emperor chess already, I can't go to caesar chess, though, it just puts me at emperor chess.

it's a bug in my program. You play Caesar Chess (even if it appears as Emperor Chess). The rules also appear to be Emperor Chess. The rules are wrong (wrong link i'm going to correct) the program is OK. You'll see that the Caesar can move like Musketeer Chess Unicorn (more range than the emperor who moves like a Knight only) I suggest you play against yourself first to test the way Caesar moves. You'll see it's a much more tricky piece with some Brutal mating attacks