C.W.Holeman III

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"You're in America now," I said. "Our idea of diplomacy is showing up with a gun in one hand and a sandwich in the other and asking which you'd prefer."

--Harry Dresden [Turn Coat, by Jim Butcher]

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There are only 10 kinds of people in the world: Those who know binary, and those who don't.

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While there are plenty of good websites on chess, this page is dedicated to the various custom ways of playing it that I've come up with. This page assumes you already know the basics of the game.

African Chess

African Chess is played the same as standard chess but has three custom pieces: the Elephant, the Hippo and the Magpie. I created African Chess when, in the summer of 2010, by brother went on a trip to Africa and brought me back a hand-carved chess set, and some figurines of various African animals.

The Pieces


A tipable piece must be tipped before it can be captured. A tipped piece moves one space per turn instead of two. To tip a piece, you make a move that would capture a regular (non-tipping) piece. The aggressive piece is captured by the enemy and the target piece is tipped over on it's side to indicate it is now able to be captured.

If a tipable piece attacks another tipable piece, the attacker is tipped (if it's untipped) or captured if it is tipped.

Set Up

The African pieces replace the pieces on the left side of the board behind the Pawns. Both sides of the board are identical and as follows:

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	| M E H K Q B N R |