Cheshire Cat Chess is a chess variant created by Vernon Rylands Parton in 1970. The idea is based on a fictional cat appearing in Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, which appears and disappears at will.
The game is played with standard chess rules, but there are two important changes:
- When a piece moves to another square, the former square disappears and no piece can move to it (but pieces can move or give a check over disappeared squares).
- When a king moves for the first time, it can move as a queen (it also means that there is no castling in this game).
One video to explain them all. Watch and relax. It is almost hypnotic to see the board getting smaller and smaller.
Cheshire Cat Chess is a fun and challenging variant of the classic game of chess. The disappearing squares add a new level of complexity to the game and require players to constantly adapt their strategy. Whether you’re a seasoned chess player or just looking for a new twist on the game, Cheshire Cat Chess is definitely worth a try.