Copyright (c) 2003 Ronald Brierley

NotChess is played on the following 8x8 square board:

  • TURN - On each turn, each player must move one of his pieces.
    • A soldier moves/captures to an orthogonal adjacent cell.
    • A knight jumps one orthogonal cell and then to a diagonal at the same direction (like the chess Knight) into an empty cell, or into an enemy piece (capturing it).
    • After the move, the moved piece changes status (the soldier becomes a knight, and vice versa).
  • GOAL - Wins the player that captures all enemy pieces.
    • Players may declare the game a draw.
An opening example

Red's turn. By moving its soldier to [1] the threats d4 and e3. If Blue moves d4-d5 to protect itself and e3, Red may reply c8-d6 and now Blue will lose d5 or e3 and probably the match.

It seems that two good Chess players will almost always draw with the actual setup. Perhaps a mandatory capture rule, and a smaller board would reduce the draw ratio. There is a ZRF to play NotChess with Zillions