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Chess by FarawayPictures Chess by FarawayPictures
OK, so everybody (and their mum) does a chess set. I thought I'd go a bit different and make the very seldom seen round chess board. It's a 100% official Chess Federation board. I've played it a few times and it's a very interesting game, some of your best pieces become limited and others become very powerful. I made one from an old dart board.
The image shows how to set up the board. The inner pieces are from outer to inner: Castle, Knight, Bishop and then King and Queen as usual on her own colour.

UPDATE:
I've had so many questions etc about this board I thought I'd make a downloadable board for you to try playing this way:
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zoomzoom Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
u should 3d print this...
(let me know if you want to)-- will charge for materiel use only.
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FarawayPictures Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015
Thank you very much for the offer.
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UnbearableME Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014
good idea :) genius
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FarawayPictures Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014
Thank you.
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grymasART Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Professional General Artist
shāh”
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zoomzoom Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
u should 3D print these pieces... make it real!
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:iconfarawaypictures:
FarawayPictures Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014
Thanks for the suggestion.
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csacsi-art Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Used here :  [link] Thank You Wink/Razz 
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TorturedArtist745 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013
It's a cool image. Although, it does make me ask which direction the pawns go and do the pawns just go in a circle around the board or can they be promoted?
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FarawayPictures Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013
Yes, they go forward around the board...and yes, they can be promoted. All the normal rules apply to this official variant.
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TDManiacXC626 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013
Your turn, Chewie.
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FarawayPictures Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013
Yeah, it does have that feel to it a bit.
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anim8freek Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
that's cool, wish I could play chess on a board like that
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FarawayPictures Featured By Owner May 30, 2013
If you can play chess you should pick it up really easily.
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anim8freek Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
probably just looks a little more difficult than it is
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Rowanelle Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
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JuansWorld Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
can some1 send me a link for a round printout chess board
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FarawayPictures Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
[link]

Just print 4 of them out. I printed mine on very heavy duty white coated paper and stuck it on an old dart board. I cut out the middle (easy to do as a dart board is rolled paper, just take out the bullseye and start to unravel, the outer area I painted over.
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13Shao13 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011
This looks pretty amazing.
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FarawayPictures Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011
Thank you. Print one out and have a go.
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divvvy Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011
Spock would approve.
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FarawayPictures Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011
Most interesting ;)
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strongbad-joe132 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011
So, since this is a new kind of board with limited moves for the pieces, are the rules also different, or can you use the standard rules?
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FarawayPictures Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011
It's not exactly 'new' it's a 100% official Chess Federation board. All the rules remain, but as you noted, some pieces become more limited, wheras others become more powerful.
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TazioBettin Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Next step is the toroidal chessboard!! [link]
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FarawayPictures Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
Woah!
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ProFingerboarder Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Professional Photographer
so is this like the chess line folded in half down the middle on itself?
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:iconasiablue:
Asiablue Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011
This is incredible! How did you make the pieces?
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:iconfarawaypictures:
FarawayPictures Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011
You know this is CGI right?
If you know that, the pieces were made from a dingbat style font of mythical creatures.
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Asiablue Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011
Sure, I knew it was CGI. I was hoping there was a real set out there in that design that you knew of. Carving it piece by piece should do it. I'll let you know what happens. lol
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FarawayPictures Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011
Your best bet to find out anything about an game is: [link]
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buzzlightgirl Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How do you play?
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:iconfarawaypictures:
FarawayPictures Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010
All the same rules as normal Chess. You can of course go in 2 directions, and you will find some pieces become a lot more powerful, wheras your best pieces become a bit more limited.
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LaNoirChat Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010
u should totaly make a official game of it,it will be like revoultionary!
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:iconfarawaypictures:
FarawayPictures Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2010
It is a proper game.
Official BoardGameGeek Entry: [link]
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TheAntsaBoy94 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
As art this is amazing! As idea, it`s kind a weird, i won`t play it, but i`ll love to see, when somebody else play. Nice work :)
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Mufanza Featured By Owner May 13, 2010
Sounds really cool, just a quick question: can you promote your pawns, or will they be circling for eternity?
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FarawayPictures Featured By Owner May 13, 2010
They can be promoted...if they make it that far :)
I believe the only rule changes are, no castling and no En Passant.
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Slawtr Featured By Owner May 3, 2010
Looks challengeing <--- probably spelt wrong
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DeyesRwatchingU Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010
Holy fuck. I want one
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moonlightart Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010
Awesome work on this.:D

I hope I can one day play a game of this type of chess.

=^--^=
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artfanandy Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2009
Great work, I tried to make something similar, years ago, without much sucess. My daughter, and I will enjoy playing this chess veriant.
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FarawayPictures Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2009
Download available now.
[link]
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:iconkanlashkan:
kanlashkan Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009
Ok, this board brings an interesting concept to me. And you say it's legitimate and can be used in contest as well... You must explain to me how this all works. It looks fun :fuzzydemon:
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kanlashkan Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009
Ok, this board brings an interesting concept to me. And you say it's legitimate and can be used in contest as well... You must explain to me how this all works. It looks fun :fuzzydemon:
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FarawayPictures Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2009
All the rules of chess apply, nothing added or taken away.
The only difference is you move around the board, and because of the set-up of the pieces can move on two fronts simultaniously.
If you can make one (I made one from an old dart board), give it a go and you'll figure it out pretty quickly.
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kanlashkan Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009
Sounds nice. I'll try to make one out of paper ^.^ This sounds more complicated than regular chess, which is good for me, so I can't wait to get to it
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FarawayPictures Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2009
Hmmm, I'm thinking now I should do a downloadable board so people can do just that.
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:iconkanlashkan:
kanlashkan Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2009
That's a great idea ^.^ I'm sure a boatload of chess players would jump on that. And, I'm game for a good chess match any day by the way.
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Eschersphere Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2009
It took me a while to figure out how it works.
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