Krakow academic develops new chess set after using lockdown to analyze Russian troops near Polish border – The First News
A Krakow scholar has developed a new way to play chess after using lockdown to analyze Russian troops near the Polish border.
Zbigniew Kokosiński from the Krakow University of Technology was using his traditional chessboard to arrange the pieces to represent a metaphor for Moscow’s military forces in Russia’s Kaliningrad region when he came across his new method.
Instead of being arranged on opposite sides of the board, in two rows, the pieces are placed in two opposite corners. The two kings are placed right in the corner, followed by the other pieces, and the pawns are placed farthest from the corner, facing each other diagonally, making the game more difficult than traditional chess.
Kokosiński said: “The king is protected by four lines of defense (in traditional chess only by a row of pieces) and you cannot checkmate immediately.
“It is necessary to fight your way to the opponent’s king. “In diagonal chess, a novice player can be an almost equal partner to someone experienced.
“Since knowing the openings doesn’t give you an advantage, the ability to think logically is what matters.”
The new variant has now been entered on the Chess Variant Pages website.