Musketeer Series Chess Kits

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Overview

Musketeer Series Chess Kits

The Musketeer Series Chess Kit is an exciting, new way to play Chess! Use these pieces with your favorite set of chess pieces and play sharper chess! Each kit comes with a total of 4 plastic chess pieces.

Musketeer Chess is a modern Chess variant invented by Dr. Zied Haddad. In musketeer Chess, the basic rules of chess are followed. Musketeer Chess employs a Standard 8 x 8 chessboard with a Standard Staunton Chess set. But we add for both armies two of the new Chess Variants (There is a choice of more than 10 pieces).

The purpose behind the development of Musketeer Chess was to make chess more fun and exciting and to avoid long, over-analyzed opening lines. Players can now rely on their own inventiveness and creativity.

Rules for Musketeer Chess can be downloaded at musketeerchess.com. The new chess pieces are designed to be Staunton-compatible, hence can easily be used as replacements or substitutes to customize classic Staunton pattern chess sets or create your own chess variant.

Chancellor and Archbishop – Musketeer Chess Variant Kit

Camaratta-Chess is a modification of Sharper Chess, the invention of GM Yasser Seirawan and Bruce Harper. Sharper Chess improves on an idea proposed by former World Champion Jose Capablanca, which introduced two new chess pieces to each army but suffers from the need for an 8 x 10 chessboard.

Musketeer Chess Kit - Chancellor and Archbishop - Black and Natural
Musketeer Chess Kit – Chancellor and Archbishop – Black and Natural

The Chancellor can move like a Rook or a Knight. It can checkmate without any help. From d4, the Chancellor can control a total of 22 squares.

Musketeer Chess Kit - Chancellor
Musketeer Chess Kit – Chancellor

The Archbishop can move like a Bishop and a Knight. It can checkmate without any help. From d4, the Archbishop can control a total of 22 squares.

Musketeer Chess Kit - Archbishop
Musketeer Chess Kit – Archbishop

Elephant and Hawk – Musketeer Chess Variant Kit

The Sharper Chess Variant Kit features Hawk and Elephant Pieces. Grandmaster Yasser Seirawan and Bruce Harper developed Sharper Chess, and the name SHARPER is a play on their two last names.

Musketeer Chess Kit - Elephant and Hawk - Black and Ivory
Musketeer Chess Kit – Elephant and Hawk – Black and Ivory

Similar to the King, the Elephant can move one square in all directions. It also leaps orthogonally or diagonally by 2 squares. The Elephant can control up to a maximum of 16 squares. From d4, It can leap to d6, d2, b2, b4, b6, f2, f4, and f6. It slides to: d5, d3, c3, c4, c5, e3, e4, e5.

Musketeer Chess Kit - Elephant
Musketeer Chess Kit – Elephant

The Hawk is a pure leaper. It jumps 2 or 3 squares orthogonally or diagonally in any direction. The Hawk can control up to a total of 16 squares: From d4, it can leap to b2, a1, b4, a4, b6, a7, d2, d1, d6, d7, f2, f4, f6, g1, g4, g7.

Musketeer Chess Kit - Hawk
Musketeer Chess Kit – Hawk

Fortress and Unicorn – Musketeer Chess Variant Kit

Musketeer Chess Kit - Fortress and Unicorn - Black and Natural
Musketeer Chess Kit – Fortress and Unicorn – Black and Natural

The Fortress is another heavy piece with different capabilities from the already available chess variants. The top tower of the Fortress is pegged so that the tops of the light and dark units can be interchanged (to handle with care).

Musketeer Chess Kit - Fortress
Musketeer Chess Kit – Fortress

The Unicorn is an enhanced version of the Classic Chess Knight. It moves like a Knight but has expanded jumping capabilities.

Musketeer Chess Kit - Unicorn
Musketeer Chess Kit – Unicorn

Leopard and Cannon – Musketeer Chess Variant Kit

Musketeer Chess Kit - Cannon and Leopard - Black and Ivory
Musketeer Chess Kit – Cannon and Leopard – Black and Ivory

The Leopard is a new piece that combines the moves of a Knight and a Bishop with a limited range of 2 squares. Compared to Archbishop (Bishop and Knight), it’s a less powerful piece, but this limited Bishop range adds a strategic component to sharp tactics.

Musketeer Chess Kit - Leopard
Musketeer Chess Kit – Leopard

The Cannon moves differently that the Cannon in Xiangqi, but it can be used for western chess sets to mimic games played in China and Japan.

Musketeer Chess Kit - Cannon
Musketeer Chess Kit – Cannon

Dragon and Spider – Musketeer Chess Variant Kit

Musketeer Chess Kit - Spider and Dragon - Black and Natural
Musketeer Chess Kit – Spider and Dragon – Black and Natural

The Dragon combines the powers of a Queen and a Knight. It exists in many chess variants and is known by other names such as Amazon, and Commander. It is among the most powerful pieces of the known chess variants. The Dragon top is pegged and can be removed (to handle with care).

Musketeer Chess Kit - Dragon
Musketeer Chess Kit – Dragon

A map of the moves that are possible with the next variant reminds one of the web made by a Spider, hence its name – Spider. The top of the Spider is pegged, offering the possibility of creating two different variants with different moves (to handle with care).

Musketeer Chess Kit - Spider
Musketeer Chess Kit – Spider

Bundle with HoS Luxury Plastic Chess Pieces

Grab BIG SAVINGS when you bundle your Musketeer Chess Kit with a House of Staunton Luxury Plastic Chess Pieces!

After selecting ‘Black and Natural‘ chess pieces color, you may bundle your Musketeer Chess Set with one of three available HoS chess pieces: Hastings Series 3.875″, Collector Series 3.75″, or Marshall Series 3.75″.

Bundle - Musketeer Chess Kit Chancellor and Archbishop - Hastings Series Plastic Chess Pieces 3.875 - Black and Natural
Bundle – Musketeer Chess Kit Chancellor and Archbishop – Hastings Series Plastic Chess Pieces 3.875 – Black and Natural
Bundle - Musketeer Chess Kit Dragon and Spider - Collector Series Plastic Chess Pieces 3.75 - Black and Natural
Bundle – Musketeer Chess Kit Dragon and Spider – Collector Series Plastic Chess Pieces 3.75 – Black and Natural
Bundle - Musketeer Chess Kit Elephant and Hawk - Collector Series Plastic Chess Pieces 3.75 - Black and Natural
Bundle – Musketeer Chess Kit Elephant and Hawk – Collector Series Plastic Chess Pieces 3.75 – Black and Natural

Additional information

ISBN

Does not apply

Chess Board Included?

The Chess Board featured is for photographic purposes only and must be purchased separately

Material(s)

Plastic

Weighting

Triple Weighted

King Height

Designed for Chess Pieces with King Height between 3.75'' – 4.0''

Basepad Material

Billiard Cloth

Chess Pieces Combination

Chancellor and Archbishop, Elephant and Hawk, Fortress and Unicorn, Leopard and Cannon, Dragon and Spider

Chess Pieces Color

Black and Natural, Black and Ivory

Bundle with HoS Luxury Pieces?

No – Just the 4-piece Set, Yes – Hastings Series 3.875" Black & Natural, Yes – Marshall Series 3.75" Black & Natural, Yes – Collector Series 3.75" Black & Natural

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