# What is Synergy Chess

Is it possible to have a double chess game? YES it is! That is what Synergy Chess is all about. With a bigger chess board and twice the number of pieces, the game looks like a compromise between the number of pieces and the number of squares. This is because a variance has been created by increasing two squares on each end of the board making a total of 144 squares but, with double the number of pieces.

Why is it interesting? Once you have one King in checkmate, you are handed a lifeline and you still can win the game.

Synergy Chess is similar to regular chess, but on a bigger chess board and with double the pieces for each player. The idea behind this game, is the challenge of checkmating two Kings. The game is arranged with 2 Kings, 2 Queens, 4 Rooks, 4 Knights, 4 Bishops, and 16 Pawns for each player. It’s arranged in such a way that you keep the original game in the center and the extra pieces at each end providing the player with twice the fun.

# How to Play Synergy Chess

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. Each game has 32 identically pieces arranged on ends of the board and each player starts with 16 pieces of the same color.

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, with 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 are 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 one 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 – either one at a time, or both in the one move.

Synergy Chess is more exciting, and challenging, because even if one King is in checkmate, you still have a good chance of winning the game with the remaining King. 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

The original game of Chess is laid out in the centre of Synergy Chess. See the instruction booklet, or videos to see how the game is set up for play.

## 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

– 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

– The Knight moves in an L shape – Either A. 2 squares vertically, and one square left, or right, or B. 2 squares horizontally, and one square up, or down.

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

Pawns can make an initial move of 2 squares, and 1 thereafter. Pawns capture an opponents piece by moving forward diagonally and is promoted to a stronger piece when it reaches the opposite board end.

You can castle a King on lines 1, 3, 10, and 12 only.

The Kings are pinned when a King is behind a King that is in check from a Bishop, Rook, or Queen.

Double Check occurs when both Kings are in check at the same time.

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” both of your opponent’s Kings.

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