The “Chesster” is a new playing piece designed to revolutionize the Classic sixtyfour square game of Chess.
Invented by Simon Jepps in 2019, the special quality of this piece resides in its superiority over its predecessor the ‘Jester’ and its enlightening evolutionary development into a majestically mesmerizing force upon the Chess board.
Furthermore, it is hailed by its inventor as the eureka solution to an evergowing historical problem of how to create a compatible new piece without altering the Classical game.
The paradox being: if all the naturally given moves are already assigned to the existing Chess pieces, how or what in all possibility, is the destined character of any new piece to be?
How It Moves
The Chesster has no move of its own, but is a revolutionary development upon the ancient ‘Jester’ piece.
The Chesster may:
- Move only, like the most recently moved piece, imitating its abilities, or, capture only, like the most recently captured piece, imitating its abilities.
The most recently captured piece is always placed to one side, distinguishing it from any others, since both players’ Chessters are empowered by the same captive piece.
“Move only” means to move without capturing.
“Capture only” means to move only if to capture.
When a player Castles, the opponent’s Chesster may move like either a King or Rook.
The Chesster enters play via the Seirawan method, which is to the vacated square of any back rank piece, during the same move of its first vacating.
Thus it has eight opportunities to enter play.
When a player Castles he may enter his Chesster to either the King or the Rook square.
Failing to enter once all back rank pieces have made their first move forfeits the Chesster’s right to enter the game.
You may not enter the Chesster into play if its presence blocks Check.
Thus you may not unblock/reblock Check during an entrance.
When imitating a Pawn, the Chesster may only move one square forward, regardless of the Pawn’s advance. Capturing is identical.
Chessters may not imitate each other.
There is only one Chesster per player.
It is granted the Chesster may oftentimes present a formidable power about the board, for example, whence the captive piece is a Queen and the recent move a Knight.
Having the combined powers of these two pieces would of course endow the Chesster with almost unlimited possibilities.
Yet herein is a tactical weakness waiting to be exploited. For each player has the option at their disposal to not only decide which piece to move, but to alter the combination by capturing again ~ say a Pawn.
Having now only the combined powers of Pawn and Knight significantly changes the game.
In general then, the Chesster is en par with Capablanca’s Archbishop and Chancellor, that is to say very powerful indeed, but since its abilities are decided by the two hands of opposing forces, its independence value is somewhat reduced.
Thus we value this piece at 8.8.
King = %
Pawn = 1.1
Knight = 3.0
Bishop = 3.6
Rook = 5.0
Chesster = 8.8
Queen = 10
There are no double Queens, a player may only promote to a piece available from the set.
Pawns may promote to a Chesster, but again there is only allowed one per player.
Whilst its greatest weakness is having no move of its own, the Chesster has a very powerful quality and that is not merely the element of surprise, or any super combos acquired through play. It is the ability to change its powers and thence adapt to any position in which any other Chess piece would usually be unable to find a role.
The fault of its predecessor is its inability to be adaptable in a planning scenario. Yet the Chesster opens up a whole realm of new possibilities by its new found connection to the movements of its comrades and its enemies.
This marvelous new Chess piece not only provides a naturally adapted movement of character, but creates a grande embrace unto the whole game in hand, by its unique relationship to the very conversation of Chess.
Hence its name… Chesster.
Grab One Today
There are many Chess manufacturers selling “fairy” Chess pieces or sets, such as House Of Staunton, any of these can be used as a Jester.
However, if you are looking for something more exquisitely crafted, as an actual ‘Chesster Set’, you can’t afford not to browse Masters Games website, to see their beautiful Jester Chess sets.
Alternatively why not make a Chesster yourself? All you need is a spare King or Queen. Remove the crown from the King, or the head from the Queen, give the King an indentation, or the Queen a Pawn’s head, and then sand it over smoothly… et wholla!
Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more awesome Chesster news and bloggings.
Chesster © S. Jepps