PlunderChess – adding a new twist

by ChessBase
12/8/2003 – Imagine what would happen if your chessmen could acquire additional moving capabilities as they played? What if your queen could move as a queen or a knight and your pawn could move as a pawn or a bishop? How about escaping check by letting your king move as a rook? All this is part of a new variant of the game of chess. Introducing: PlunderChess

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PlunderChess is traditional chess set with novel twist. It allows each player the ability to strengthen their chessmen as the game is played out. This strengthening comes as the chessmen capture and “plunder” additional moving capabilities directly from their opponent’s pieces. For example, if a bishop captures a rook, the capturing bishop may attach to itself a “rook vest” that now empowers it to move as a rook on one future move whenever it chooses.

PlunderChess was first conceived in 1988 by a 30-year-old medical sales rep living in Rhode Island. Now, over 15 years later, the company White Horse Games, LLC is offering the game as a set with all the necessary parts to play the game. They are also staging an exhibit at the 2003 National Scholastic K–12/Collegiate Championships December 12–14 in Rosemont, IL.

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