An Introduction To Missionary Chess

Missionary Chess featuring House Of Staunton algebraic eighty board and Masters Games burnt wood pieces.
Chess has been played for centuries upon centuries. It is no doubt the beginning, middle and endgame of all strategy pastimes, old and new. It is undying, and as we approach a new era of Chess evolution, the game ceases to amaze, not only in its ability to grow and inspire… but at the same time, to present a sacred determination to hold onto a divinely given trait that shapes and colours its very own destiny.

That divinely given trait is the natural evolution of peace.

As I will explain in my following Chess blog chapters, the evolution of Chess is bound by its very own nature of peace and will therefore only harbour the answer to our prayers within its very own natural design.

Yet today in this post, I would like to go straight ahead and present to you my own variant, Missionary Chess, which although is but one of hundreds I have designed over the years, it is as I can only solemnly swear, what I believe to be not just the only natural evolution of Chess, but therein… the only possible evolution of Chess.

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Chesster

The “Chesster” is a new playing piece designed to revolutionize the Classic sixtyfour square game of Chess.

Invented by Simon Jepps in 2018, 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 sixty four square game.

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Cha’nga

Chaturanga
Chaturanga is the sacred origin of a pastime
Rekindling an ancient pastime, by Simon Jepps.

Cha’nga, pronounced “shangaah”, is a version of Chaturanga, which allows just two players to employ the classic four armies.

I invented this game because I know as much as people love Chaturanga, its inconvenience is the requirement of four players.

Creating an understanding as to how only two people can play, in turn sanctifies its misunderstood silence, revealing instead its diversity and adaptability to all walks of life.

But first a truth.

However you interpret history, there is no avoiding the fact that “Chaturanga” literally translates as “the four arms.” It comes from “chatur”, meaning four, and from “anga”, meaning arms.

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Cobra Paw Dragon

cobra paw dragon by simon jeppsA variation of Cobra Paw by Simon Jepps.

The game of Cobra Paw Dragon is played in very much the same way as classic Cobra Paw, except the following.

  • A maximum of two players assume their places about the arena.
  • Each player chooses one of two symbols as his own, suggested by the roll of both dice.
  • All tiles are snatched and scored as per usual except whence you snatch your opponent’s symbol by mistake.
  • For any tile snatched carrying your opponent’s symbol is surrendered to the opponent and thence… turned upside down.
  • The upside down tile scores double, or 2 points and may not be snatched again ~ so look out!
  • The tile carrying the symbol of both opponents scores thrice, or 3 points and can be claimed by either player.
  • BEWARE, if a player rolls a double of his own symbol, that tile also scores double, or 2 points AND if snatched by mistake, is turned upside down scoring quadruple, or 4 points.
  • “No touchy” law applies throughout.

NB:~ There are two styles of Dragon…

  • Dynamic: The player chooses a different symbol each round, from the two suggested by the dice, in order to increase confusion.
  • Straight: The player keeps the same symbol every round, but only if the dice permit, reducing confusion but receiving an extra 5 points at the end of the game.

The dice must suggest a symbol to choose or keep. If the dice do not suggest the same symbol thrice, the player cannot thrice keep it.

A pen and paper is required to keep score and to mark down each player’s symbol for each round.

Kudos to Karen Arnold for the Dragon.