The new pieces are:
The Sissa: - A powerful slider which moves strangely: an equal number of squares as a rook and a bishop.
This piece was invented by Carlos Cetina.
The Sorcerer Snake: A piece that follows one of two crooked paths to squares that are a Knight's move away or an extended Knight's move away.
The Ninja Pawn:- A stronger pawn can also move sideways anywhere and capture sideways on the enemy half of the board.
The Ninja Pawn is not present in the intial setup but is dropped during play into a vacant space on the second rank. It can be optionally pushed forward on the same turn.
The Knights are replaced by the Ferz-Knight and the Wazir-Knight which make additional diagonal or orthogonal stepping movements.
Otherwise, the rules are exactly as in orthodox chess except for: Flexible castling (King can castle by moving 1, 2 or 3 (or 4 on Q-side) spaces towards rook, modified movement of the standard pawns and associated extended en-passant rules.
The board is set up as follows for the white side (black side will mirror this):
Rook on a1
Wazir Knight on b1
Bishop on c1
Sorcerer Snake on d1
Queen on e1
King on f1
Sissa on g1
Bishop on h1
Ferz Knight on i1
Rook on j1
10 pawns from a2 to j2.
Note that the lower right square is white, and that kings occupy the same color square.
5 Ninja pawns to be dropped one per turn into empty space from a2-j2
The Sorcerer Snake can go to the green squares by taking either 1 diagonal step followed by 1 orthogonally outward step
OR one orthogonal step followed by 1 diagonally outward step.
Since b3 is occupied by a black pawn, it cannot move there.
The Sorcerer Snake can travel to blue squares by taking one orthognal step followed by 2 diagonally outward steps
OR it can go to the same square by taking 2 diagonal steps followed by one orthogonally outwards.
Both paths must be blocked for it not to be able to make it to the destination square.
The pawn at b3 blocks one path to a2 and the pawn at b2 blocks the other, so it cannot get to a2.
The ninja pawn can always move 1 square up or 1 square sideways to an empty square regardless of where it is situated on the board.
From the middle exactly, (rank 5 for white, rank 6 for black), the ninja pawn can move only 1 square forward, but thereafter as soon as it enters enemy territory (the upper half of the board: White rank 6-10, and for black rank 5 - 1), the pawn can go forward either 1 OR 2 empty spaces.
Like the standard pawn it can capture one square diagonally up, regardless of which half of the board it is on.
When the ninja pawn is on the top half of board (White rank 6 +, Black rank 5-) , it can also capture one square horizontally.
There is no en passant. It cannot capture another pawn or ninja pawn en passant nor can any other pawn capture it this way.
The ninja pawn promotes on the last row (rank 10 for white, rank 1 for black), to any piece. Promotion to a piece is mandatory so it would cease to be a pawn
in the last row.
Note that like the standard pawn, it can reach the promotion square from its start position in a minimum of 4 moves!
However, unlike other large board chess systems, the powers of the knights and pawns has not been diminished. In fact, pawn play may very well be more important in this system than in the orthodox chess system albeit in a different manner. The endgame of this chess system may very well be as rich if not richer than that of orthodox chess; - a claim that only a few other chess variants (or none at all) can seriously make.
It is the author's hope that other players would serve as pioneers and explore the new concepts of these games with an open mind. The key motivation has been to introduce games that are similar, yet with their own unique peculiar characteristics that set them apart from others.
Practical playability has also been a goal. Instead of boring the player with arcane references to complex, convoluted, and contrived theoretical jargon, the author has strived to simply create playable chess variants that would be at least as enjoyable as orthodox chess. Of course, history and categorization is important but who can seriously argue that the writers of history are in the same league as the makers of history? No one! Even an obscure chess variant inventor is more important than one who simply posts opinions!The ultimate success of a chess variant is its playability. Right now orthodox chess is king in the western world, but the success of a chess-variant need not be correlated with the demise of this "Mad Queen" variant of chess.
The author's motivation for using the Sissa in this system is twofold: firstly, it compliments the far weaker but quite interesting Sorcerer Snake, and secondly, (in the author's opinion) the Sissa has not been adequately explored in other chess systems.Enjoy!
1. P f2-f5 // I opened with this move|
1... .nf i10-h8 // Zillions playing black plays a non-descript move
2. S g1-c9 //I realized I can capture this pawn since it is undefended.
This is a very important focal point in venomous. I had not realized earlier during previous games, that the Sissa actually struck this point.
See diagram now.
|2... .nw b10-c8 //this is the move that zillions should have played earlier to protect the pawn.
3. S c9-a10 //it seems now that I can capture the rook!
3... .nw c8-b10 //Surprise! My Sissa is trapped!
see diagram now
Regardles of what I play, black can capture my Sissa with its wazir knight on next turn winning the exchange.
If I had not captured the rook, I could have withdrawn my Sissa and escaped. If I had done this, Black could possibly gain some tempo by attacking the Sissa with pawn moves or by developing the Sorcerer Snake. Whether this is adequate compensation for the pawn is unclear.
e.g. S e9-e5 d10-b7 //attacking the Sissa with the Sorcerer Snake.
If you would like to email the chess variant inventor directly: firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted by: email@example.com on 2009-06-13 12:02:08
This is great.
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