Krakow scholar develops new chess set after using lockdown to analyze Russian troops near Polish border – The First News
An academic in Krakow developed a new way of playing chess after using the lockdown to analyze Russian troops near the Polish border.
Zbigniew KokosiÅski of the Krakow University of Technology was using his traditional chessboard to organize the pieces to represent a metaphor for Moscow’s military forces in the Russian region of Kaliningrad when he discovered 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.
KokosiÅski said: âThe king is protected by four lines of defense (in traditional chess only a row of pieces) and you cannot checkmate immediately.
âIt is necessary to make our way to the opponent’s king. âIn 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 entered the Chess Variant Pages website.