Missionary Chess features a new specialty called Follying, whereby the Mission’s adjacent Bishop or Knight may be relocated to the Mission’s home square in the same turn of the Mission first vacating.
This is notated quite simply with the move of the Mission followed by the follied piece in brackets. For example, as a very first move of a game, we could write, Mh3 (N).
A piece may not be follied if it has already made its first move, or if the adjacent Mission has already vacated.
To perform a Folly, first make a regular move with your Mission, and then in the same turn, place either the adjacent Knight or the adjacent Bishop onto the home square of the Mission, now vacated.
Only the Mission’s adjacent Knight or Bishop may relocate to the Mission’s home square. To folly the other Bishop or Knight, they must relocate to the other Mission’s home square, in the same way when it similarly vacates.
Whilst this could cause both Bishops to be of the same colour square, Follying can be performed both King or Queen side, replenishing the balance.
This is a very useful tool.
It enables several things which improve the dimensions of Chess strategy. Amongst these are a vast scope of fortification designs, exceptionally interesting variations of piece development and also reserve tactical manoeuvres should an Opening suddenly present unsavoury surprises.
Importantly, it also allows the choice of a Bishop focussed fianchetto or a Mission focussed fianchetto. As such an exceptionally colourful inventory of tactical Opening secrets.
In truth Missionary Chess is not only a beautiful thing to behold, but also to engage in conversation.
Missionary Chess © Simon Jepps