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McCooey Chess (McCooey's Chess, Hexagonal Chess)



Category Board, War, Replacement, Checkmate, Chess


A chess variant played on boards made of hexagons invented by Dave McCooey and Richard Honeycutt in 1978-1979.


McCooey Chess is played on a hexagonal board with each side having length 6, and each space oriented horizontally. The board has has 91 spaces.

Piece Movement:
* All pieces other than Pawns move as in Glinski Chess.
- Kings step one space in any of the 12 directions. They do not castle.
- Queens slide in any of the 12 directions.
- Rooks slide in any of the 6 adjacent direction.
- Bishops slide in any of the 6 'diagonal' directions.
- Knights move two spaces in any adjacent direction, then one space in another direction.
* Pawns can advance one space forward without capturing. A Pawn on a Pawn start space but not in the innermost column can advance two spaces forward without capturing. Pawns capture 'diagonally forward' (i.e., to a space ahead connected by an edge, and having the same colour). En Passant capture and Pawn promotion take place as in Glinski Chess.

The game ends on a checkmate or stalemate.


Dave McCooey and Richard Honeycutt

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For a comparison of popular versions of hexagonal chess, see Wikipedia. For more details on other chess variants, see The Classified Encyclopedia of Chess Variants, by D. B. Pritchard (2nd edition, completed and edited by John Beasley, 2007).

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