As discussed often regarding one hundred square board variants, Opening play about this much larger arena is often observed to weaken the collective strength of Pawns, since vast spaces will grow between them reducing their ability to form defensive communities.
Yet perhaps what is more often overlooked, is the remedy within the individual player’s ability to adjust and adapt to a different style of play.
In actual fact, whence playing a 100sq variant such as Siomega, the most experienced players of such an arena will tell you, the secrets of defensive agility reside in the ability to play offensively yet at arms reach ~ recumbently so to speak, yet with a long distance catapult.
Indeed scholars of “Hedgehog” systems may find this article of particular interest.
Siomega is played on a larger 100 square checkered board featuring two Wizard pieces and two extra Pawns. A traditional Chess set features a board of only 64 squares and there are no Wizard pieces or extra Pawns.
Thus in order to play Siomega one will have to acquire suitable equipment.
Luckily for us, a Wizard figurine does not have to actually feature a “Crescent Moon” in its physical design, for a Wizard may appear however a Wizard desires.
There are many Chess manufacturers selling “fairy” Chess pieces or sets, such as House Of Staunton, any of these can be used as a Wizard.
A good search of House Of Staunton website, for terms such as “variant” or “musketeer” often returns interesting results.
However, if you are looking for something more exquisitely crafted, you can’t afford not to browse Masters Games website, to see their beautiful Jester Chess sets.
These beautiful burnt wood Jester pieces are my all time favourite Wizard set and will always remain so.
With regards to checkered playing boards, of course 100 square checkered boards are not easy to find, but a good dedicated search of the interweb will often return at least some fruitful results.
Once again, our friends at Masters Games often have something suitable in that respect, such as this good selection and also various independent online artisans sometimes have such items for sale.
If you feel up to the challenge, design and make a Chess set yourself… even painted potatoes would serve their duty!
Of course a Chess board is much easier to make than actual Chess pieces, so why not make one to match? You do not need to be a carpenter to apply a bit of die to some marked out squares… so give it a try!
Good luck with your Chess hunting and if you know of a good source yourself, then feel free to post a link or two in the comments below.