This is a personal project I undertook in order to remedy the Chess industry’s apparent inability to manufacture sensible, useable counter Chess pieces.
This project is also a secondary hobby to accompany my Chess variant creation, Genie Of The Lamp.
There are many Chess sets featuring counter pieces, yet for some unknown reason they are always designed featuring standard Chess symbols.
Of course you would ask, “Why, whatever else?”
Aye, if studying a Chess problem, or correspondence position, or indeed teaching strategies to a classroom, of course you would make sure a universally accepted symbol is employed.
However, a problem is encountered when employing the universal symbols into a face to face match, over a real board.
This problem is the inevitable fact that standard Chess symbols are only recognisable if they only face one direction.
Granted, people can play with these symbols, but in reality they are very disorientating and “counter-productive” when trying to study a position… upside down.
It occured to me that since nobody has yet decided to design specific “360 degree” symbols for counter piece Chess sets, that I should publish a public template for such a concept.