Embassy Chess (by Kevin Hill) is a variation of Bird’s (or Capablanca’s) Chess. It is played on a 10×8 board and adds two new pieces:
- Cardinal – it can move like a knight and a bishop together. It means that a cardinal can make both bishop-like diagonal moves and knight-like L-shaped jumps.
- Marshall – it combines the abilities of a knight and a rook. It means that a Marshall can make both rook-like vertical and horizontal moves and knight-like L-shaped jumps.
Each player starts a game with one Cardinal (on the G column) and one Marshall (on the F column). The rules are the same as for standard chess, with the following differences:
- When a pawn reaches the last rank (from the player’s point of view), it can be promoted to a queen, a rook, a bishop, a knight, a cardinal or a marshall.
- The castling is made, like in standard chess, with a king and a rook. The only change is that a king moves 3 spaces sideways, not 2.
Check it out! We have a sample game recording right here: