The Game Of Chess & The Law Of The Folly

Giuoco Piano Black Follied by Simon Jepps
The Giuoco Piano
In this position, Black has Follied his Knight to f8, instantly granting him options onto g6 or e6 and perhaps even an f Pawn advance.

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep.

And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

A brief history of how I saved the most beautiful game on Earth, with a new law called Follying.

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God spoke to me when I was a child and we’ve been playing Chess ever since.

Many, many years ago, a very sad thing happened to me. I was playing Chess in the Frome Congress and I was losing two games down with three to go. This isn’t a terrible thing in itself, for a 3 point win now would make all the world of difference.

But it wasn’t the tournament that upset me. It was the game. I was playing a blind man as it happened and although we were even on the board, all of a sudden half way through the game, my mind just stopped.

I’ve seen this all before, I thought. I see this everyday.

Yet these familiar Openings and positions weren’t to be the cornerstone of any success on my part… instead they would prove to be the beginning of a twenty year long battlefield between myself and the stagnation of a stubborn game that refused to change its colours.

For that was precisely it. I had seen this game too many times before.

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Follying, or; to Folly

Follying in Missionary Chess
Follying in Missionary Chess
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.

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