One of the most popular board games worldwide, and also one of the oldest is Chess, a two-player game played on a board that has 64 squares arranged in an 8×8 fashion and 32 pieces arranged on two ends of the board and each player starts 16 pieces.

Just like the normal chess game, Synergy Chess is played on a checkered board with six types of pieces in black and white. The board however is larger with 144 squares and double the number of pieces i.e. 64 pieces each player getting 32 pieces: two kings, two Queens, four Bishops, four Knights, four Rooks and sixteen Pawns. The pieces are arranged in the same way as the original chess game in the center of the board but the additional pieces added at each end.

Playing Synergy Chess

Now that we have a picture of what synergy chess is, let’s get to the real fun part; how do you play synergy chess? The game is played by two players; white and black and they alternate turns with each moving a piece at a time. The challenge is to checkmate both of your opponent’s Kings in order to win the game. Any lover of challenge will definitely have fun with this game, trying to checkmate two Kings at a time.

Synergy Chess is also called double chance chess because even if one King is in checkmate, you still have a good chance of winning the game with the remaining King since you have double the number of pieces in a standard chess game. You have more moves to make and a single mistake has a lesser chance of costing you the game.

Arranging the board

Count two squares diagonally toward the inside of the board and arrange the pieces like in a standard chess game. The extra Pawns should be placed one next to and the other above the Rook on either side. On the other end, arrange the remaining pieces same as the inner board beginning with the Rook then Knight, Bishop, King, Queen and Bishop, skipping a square after each piece.

Moving the pieces

Synergy Chess like any other game has a set of rules. We already know the rules of playing regular chess: the king only moves one square up, down, diagonally and sideways while the Queen can move in a straight line in any direction but not through her own pieces. The Rook moves vertically or horizontally over any number of squares. The Bishop moves diagonally over any number of squares in a straight line while the Queen combines the powers of the Rook and Bishop and the Knight moves two squares vertically and horizontally and one square left or right.

Well, the rules are almost the same for Synergy Chess except for a few other special rules to accommodate the extra pieces.

  • A Pawns can make an initial move to a maximum of four squares and like in a standard game, capture an opponent piece by moving forward diagonally and is promoted to a stronger piece when it reaches the opposite board end.
  • You can castle a King only within your half of the board.
  • The Kings are pinned when both of an opponent’s Kings are in check and none can move.
  • Double check occurs when a Knight, Bishop or Queen corners the Kings. Though similar to the pinning rule, with pinned Kings, you can move the first King under attack before moving the second one.
  • Castling (switching positions of King and Rook) can be done by moving the King more than one space as long as there are no pieces between them.
  • Win the game by checkmating the entire opponent’s Kings.

Now that you know how to play, get yourself a game of chess and enjoy the challenge!