The Concise Rules Of Missionary Chess

Missionary Chess Starting Position
Missionary Chess Starting Position
Missionary Chess is played on a 10×8 checkered board with an additional piece known as the Mission positioned between the Knight and Bishop.

The Mission is a colour bound Rook, with the ability to leap the nearest opposite coloured square. It may also move without leaping, two squares diagonally.

The Mission is represented by the symbol of the Egyptian Ankh ☥ and is notated with an M.

The Mission is discussed in much more depth of course, throughout the rest of this blog.

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.

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.

Follying is explained further in other chapters and discussed practically later in more detail.


To Leap Or Not To Leap

How The Mission Moves
The Mission is a colour bound Rook, with the ability to leap the nearest opposite coloured square. It may also move without leaping, two squares diagonally.
When creating the Mission, it was always the paramount intention to keep the piece as natural to the game as would be wholeheartedly possible.

I first identified the one final remaining natural movement pattern about the Chess board, which had not yet been awarded to any piece.

This was to be, orthogonal colour bound movement.

I next identified a naturally suggested trait of this new piece, which was to be, leaping the nearest orthogonal square.

Since the Mission was colour bound, it only makes natural sense for it to jump the nearest opposite coloured square.

Thence, to improve its prowess and mediation, I would allow it to move two squares diagonally.

This would be the third natural trait… decided by its natural standing footprint of two squares.

However, although from the very first move I desired the piece to leap diagonally also, it would come to pass that my very own equation of naturally dictated design would eventually overthrow any intention I may have to allow it to do so.


An Understanding Of Mission Design

Missionary Chess Starting Position
Missionary Chess Starting Position

Chessician: noun; an enlightened or master Chess player, yet who’s expertise field of study is more focussed on related subjects such as alternative Chess variants, the inner mechanics of Chess games in general and the ludology of other related board game histories.

The game of Missionary Chess is commonly referred to as a “Chess Variant”, that is any type of game directly descended from Chess but which adopts alternative rules, pieces or boards.

These games, numbering in the thousands, are often invented by Chessicians who wish to further the good cause of evolving the historic game into a more playworthy medium of the modern age. They are also of course invented for fun and the greater majority of variants are invented purely as such ~ fun.

Yet there is a very serious pursuit amongst the academics and professionals of Chess, to evolve the game this century, in order to save it from great decline amongst club players and to bring a fresh new appeal to novices.

The first official promotion of an evolution of Chess was proposed in 1925 by the World Champion Jose Capablanca. He explained how exhaustive studies of Classical Chess will eventually lead to the stagnation of a played out game, prompting a need for it to evolve.

He was and still is, absolutely right.

However in the last century since those words were spoken, Grandmasters and Chessicians alike have been beginning to realise how actually making this “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”, truly is on par with landing on the Moon.

As I do hope to explain in this latest Chess blog chapter, the evolution of Chess is bound by its very own nature of peace and must therefore already harbour the answer to our prayers within its very own natural design.

I hope to have solved a universal paradox, which every famous historic master such as Capablanca, Fischer and Seirawan, have tried to address and remedy in their own fantastically creative ways.

The remaining puzzle is why Chess remains a 64 square game, when it is a world wide acknowledged fact that the Classical game needs to evolve. Not only for grandmasters, but for novices alike.


An Introduction To Missionary Chess

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.


KEYTOI  {Melodica/Pianica/Melodion}

Jepps Keytoi Hohner Superforce 37
This all black Keytoi is the superior Hohner Superforce 37. I own more than one of these, for spare parts and for the security of a decent instrument. Both sweet and powerful, in my opinion, the SF37 is the best reasonably priced professional Keytoi on the market.
Here’s an illusive little known wonder ~ the Melodica.

Call it what you will, what I call the Keytoi is actually a divine messenger of God, born from the heart of a Child.

Once upon a time the Melodica was only found in toy stores, or fairly selective music shops. It was by no means seen to be a professional instrument, not in any way.

It was however embraced rapidly by the Reggae communities and in time became a hallmark of their music.

It was here and then whence stage pianists became interested in the possibility of a more academically encompassing Melodica, with a greater scope for novelty accompaniments and indeed teaching.

Once the guys at Hohner became aware of the interest, they set themselves a little side project, just to test the waters… of a performance grade Melodica.

Hohner released a couple of these “scouts” onto the market… they watched… and waited… looking for any sign of a cultural rustling.

And when it came… it came from the top.


Cornish Blue ~ Ye English Cheese

Finally, it has been found!

If you ask anyone from England to name a famous cheese they will probably say “Stilton”.

You find it in all the Christmas Box Selections pumped out every year by all the supermarkets and it is forever hailed as “The English Pride & Glory” of blue cheese.

But this is about as accurate as a squirrel on the moon chasing a pink lama up a tree.



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.