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New Chess Piece Officially Adopted!

Posted: Sun Oct 15, 2006 5:31 am
by Crusader Scott

The World Chess Federation today unveiled the new chess piece that they hope will revive flagging interest in the ancient board game. Fears that teenagers were more interested in Playstation games such as ‘Grand Theft Auto’ and ‘Gangs of London’ had persuaded the WCF to update the once popular game.

After much controversy and anticipation, the new piece will be known as ‘The Monk’. There were gasps as the piece was unveiled before the world’s media by Former Grand Master Uri Yelanov and Carol Vorderman.

‘It is very exciting’ said Yelanov, ‘the monk can move three spaces horizontally or diagonally and occupies the starting positions of the middle two pawns that the monks now replace. Suddenly chess is exciting as Playstation!’

However traditionalists were highly critical of changing any of the pieces at all, as well as the plan to put sponsors’ names on the chest of the king and queen. Others have criticised the monk as being too conservative. Ideas that were rejected by the World Chess Federation included ‘the Archer’ which allowed you to cheat,’ the Tardis’, which could go back in time and undo stupid moves you did ten minutes ago and ‘the B52’ which allowed you to blow up all your opponents pieces before the game had even started.


Posted: Sun Oct 15, 2006 5:58 am
by Stewsburntmonkey
There actually are a lot of real variants on chess like those in the article.

Posted: Sun Oct 15, 2006 11:06 am
by the_redstar_swl
Stealth Chess anybody?

Posted: Sun Oct 15, 2006 11:56 am
by desktopsimmer
Played something similar to that, make the game a bit more interesting :)

Posted: Sun Oct 15, 2006 1:14 pm
by almo

Posted: Mon Oct 16, 2006 1:24 am
by Rock
I liked the B52 piece, all chess games would be far easier that way

Posted: Mon Oct 16, 2006 11:21 am
by LordSturm
Someone care to enlighten me, somehow i doubt these monk pieces are OFFICIALLY now chess pieces.

Why don't they just make a new "Chess 2nd Edition" and continue modifying it, sending out new pieces as they update. :P

For the record, this is a joke right?

Stealth Chess variant sounds cool lol. :P

Posted: Sun Oct 22, 2006 1:45 pm
by Ozymandias IV
I've played something called "Monster Chess" (although it probably has different names) where the board is set up with the four middle pawns, and behind them the king and queen in their normal spots but with the two rooks directly adjacent, so each player has a total of eight pieces. You must move twice in one turn, and you don't checkmate the king, you capture him.