Nowadays, Chess game is loosing ground: Lack of great rivalries, the top rated humans play most of the time technical games with long theoretical lines, manouevring all the time, computer homework etc. Last but not the least, computers rule the game.
Our smartphones can have Chess programs that could beat the world champion.
Professional Chess is less attractive, few events has media coverage (Cautious play leads to lack of drama, less excitment, lack of spectacular games apart from rapid events etc.).
Many trials to make the chess game more attractive saw the light. These derivatives from the Chess Game are known as Chess Variants.
Some ancient famous players, predicted the current situation of the chess world with more or less precision. They tried to bring new elements to the game and invented some of the most famous Chess Variants: One can easily remind about ex world chess champion J R Capablanca and his Capablanca Chess, but also we all know Chess960 or Fischer Random Chess invented by the mighty 11th world champion Bobby Fischer.
This website is mainly dedicated to Chess Variants. I myself tried to do my best to bring innovation to my love, the Chess Game.
I’m proud to introduce Musketeer Chess.
Musketeer Chess is a Chess Variant very close to Chess, respecting all the known principles and regulations of Classic Chess  Classic Chess.
Despite the similarities, Musketeer Chess is a true innovation. New elements are added, making the game more tactical, bringing new strategies and new and unexplored challenges.
The first version of Musketeer Chess was invented in 2011. It was inspired by Seirawan Chess and by the work of Mr Frank A Camaratta who helped designing the pieces. The current version is the fruit of endless hours testing On The Board various possibilities. It became a reality in 2014.
Musketeer Chess pieces where first sold as part of the Musketeer Chess Project in late 2014. First online in late 2015. And thanks to your support, our website is growing and our games are gaining more and more funs.
Let’s introduce Musketeer Chess properly:
We uses the 8×8 Board and the Classic set of pieces.
What changes is the addition of 2 new pieces with unique design and unique rules. This garantees the tactical shots lacking to chess, opens whole new paths and unknown areas to be discovered for new strategies. No more opening learning.
Your knowledge of classic chess brings inspiration, but your creativity on the Board is the most important factor.
Musketeer Chess differs from Classic Chess by adding two fairy pieces to the game. Those pieces are added from a basket of 10 newly designed pieces:
LEOPARD, CANNON, ELEPHANT, HAWK, UNICORN, FORTRESS, SPIDER, DRAGON (or AMAZONE), CHANCELLOR, and ARCHBISHOP.
Some of the pieces can be customized (-To handle with care- for example Dragon Fortress and Spider tops are pegged. You can try to interchange them removing them carefully.
For example: You can play play with White Spider with mixed colours as the top can be Black and vice versa.
A Fortress with a Black Basis and a Dragon Head etc.)
The Spider basis can be a piece for itself. It’s bigger than the Knight and Bishop. It looks like a Rook. This piece explains more easily to childrens that the Rook is worth more than Bishop or Knight (naturally depending on the position). My kids barely understand why a more valuable piece looks smaller than the Bishop or the Knight (which is the case in the majority of the modern chess sets). The Cannon can be customised adding the Spider top.
Here is a picture from the online playing program. It’s available for you for free, and will help you test strategies, and try our game.
Other Chess Variants:
In the near future, NextGen Pawns will be commercially available. You can already play with them online.
NextGen Pawns are a trial to evolve the Pawn Rules. They are also unique new designs for the Pawns that can replace the old Pawn design.
You can already try our games online: Lutetia Chess featuring the Musketeer or General, Moscovia Chess featuring the Lieutenant or Guardian etc.
There are 7 different NextGen Pawns: General or Musketeer, Raven or Colonel, etc.
You can try the new rules for each NextGen Pawn on our Online Gaming Zone.
As Philidor said, Pawns are the “soul of chess”. It’s a difficult task not to alter the beauty of the game of chess when messing with the pawns.
I think that some of the trials we made are pretty interesting. Please share your thoughts on our forum.
We will also release Musketeer Chess Series 2 and 3, featuring many new unique figural pieces (Mammoth, Griffin, Wolf, Lion, Rhinoceros, Bear, Lioness etc.). You can suggest the rules of these pieces by joining the discussion in “chess dot com forum”.
In the next chapter we will detail the Rules of Musketeer Chess.
We will also give you our relative value of the Musketeer Chess Fairy pieces. This is subject for discussion. So don’t hesitate to start and participate to our discussions on our forum.