Gothic Chess

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8 a8 black rook b8 black knight c8 black bishop d8 black queen e8 black chancelor f8 black king g8 black archbishop h8 black bishop i8 black knight j8 black rook 8
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1 a1 white rook b1 white knight c1 white bishop d1 white queen e1 white chancelor f1 white king g1 white archbishop h1 white bishop i1 white knight j1 white rook 1
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Gothic Chess, starting position

Gothic Chess is a chess variant derived from Capablanca Chess by Ed Trice. It was patented in 2002, but the patent expired in 2006.[1][2][3]

It is played on the same 10×8 board and additional pieces as in Capablanca Chess. The only difference is the starting position, which is shown right.


In 2004, Trice organized the Gothic Chess Computer World Championship, which was won by his own Gothic Vortex computer program.[4]

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  1. ^ page on Gothic Chess retrieved August 11, 2009
  2. ^ United States Patent 6,481,716 Method of playing a variant of chess
  3. ^ Notice of Expiration of Patents Due to Failure to Pay Maintenance Fee Patent 6,481,716 expired on November 19, 2006
  4. ^ Trice E (Dec 2004). "The 2004 Gothic Chess Computer World Championship". ICGA Journal 27 (4): 249–254. 

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