|Years active||c. 21st century to present|
Abstract strategy game
|Playing time||Similar to that of chess|
Chessplus is a chess variant developed by the Australia-based family business Chessplus Team.
Chessplus, as a physical variant, can come in 1 of 3 packages.
As for the pieces themself, they are designed specifically for merging.
Chessplus gameplay is similar to that of regular chess, but pieces can merge. The only piece that can't be merged with is the king. Pieces can only merge with other pieces of their own color. Only 2 pieces can be merged at a time. Pieces may split, in which they use their original move to remove themself.
|First Piece||Second Piece||Combination Name|
Combining a piece with itself turns it into a DPawn, DKnight, DBishop, DRook, or DQueen, for pawns, knights, bishops, rooks, and queens respectively.
Castling may be done with a combined rook. Just like in regular chess, the rook must not have previously moved. In other words, if a knight moved to combine with a rook, castling is possible, but if that rook moved to combine with the knight, then castling is no longer allowed for that rook.
Similar to the castling rules, en passant can only be used on a combination of 2 pawns. If the combination is, say, a rook and a pawn, en passant is not allowed.
It was inspired by the leader's daughter, who, at age 8, during a chess match with her father, merged a rook with a pawn, then promoted the piece to a queen.
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During a game of Chess with her dad the young Aimee (aged 8) did something not so legal. With a cheeky smile Aimee moved her rook onto the square of a pawn. Her dad looked on puzzled and made a traditional Chess move. With her next move Aimee took both the rook and the pawn to the far side of the board and proudly announced 'I get a queen, I'm going to beat you!' Her dad laughed, then he reflected on her actions and Chessplus was born.