Chesspolitik

Rules for Chesspolitik (4p)

Chesspolitik is a variant map for Diplomacy that uses a Chessboard and some Chess mechanics. Except as specified below, ordinary Diplomacy rules apply.

Basics

  • Player Count: 4
  • Game Starting Year: 1601
  • Total Supply Centers: 32 (the darker spaces)
  • Total SCs required to Solo: 17

Each player starts with five SCs and four units. They will play the first year short a unit. Two units for each player intentionally start in non-SC spaces, and three of each player’s SCs are intentionally left vacant.

Map

The game of Chesspolitik for four players is played on a standard 8×8 chessboard grid. Spaces are labeled numerically by row (bottom to top 1-8) and alphabetically by column (left to right A-H). Supply centers are located in the grid coordinates that would normally correspond to black squares on a chessboard.

Players

One player power is on each side of the board. The setup for each player is equivalent to every other players’ initial setup, only mirrored or rotated.

The names of these powers are only provided for flavor; they can also just be referred to by color.

  • Ottoman Empire (Red) – left side, nearest to column A
  • Mughal Empire (Green) – bottom side, nearest to row 1
  • Ming Dynasty (Yellow) – right side, nearest to column H
  • Tsardom of Russia (Blue) – top side, nearest to row 8

Units

There are two types of units: Kings (K) and Knights (N). Alternately, use fleets for Knights and armies for Kings. Each unit moves and supports according to the adjacency they would have in chess.

Kings

Kings treat all spaces that are immediately adjacent orthogonally or diagonally as adjacent for all movement and support purposes.

For example, a king in space D4 can treat these spaces as adjacent for all purposes: C5, D5, E5, C4, E4, C3, D3, & E3.

Knights

Knights “jump” from point to point in a move that makes an “L” shape (see the Wikipedia article on Knights for examples). This means that the only spaces a knight may move to or support to are the endpoints of those jumps. Likewise, a Knight may only support units to hold if those units are located at the endpoint of a jump.

Knight Examples

For instance, a hypothetical Knight currently at space B1 can be ordered to:

  • Hold
  • Move to A3, C3, or D3
  • Support another unit’s move to A3
  • Support another unit’s move to C3
  • Support another unit’s move to D2
  • Support another unit to hold in A3, C3, or D2

Builds

During build phases, players may build in any vacant SC that they currently control in the two rows/columns closest to their side of the board.

  • Ottoman Empire (red) can build in vacant SCs they control in columns A & B.
  • Mughal Empire (green) can build in vacant SCs they control in rows 1 & 2.
  • Ming Dynasty (yellow) can build in vacant SCs they control in columns G & H.
  • Tsardom of Russia (blue) can build in vacant SCs they control in rows 7 & 8.

For example, The Ming Dynasty (yellow) can build in any of these spaces, provided that they control them: G7, G5, G3, G1, H8, H6, H4, or H2.

Likewise, the Mughal Empire (green) can build in A1, C1, E1, G1, B2, D2, F2, or H2, provided that they control the SC in question.

Avoiding Unit Type Confusion

During build orders, please be clear whether you want a King (K) or Knight (N) unit. If you just submit “Build K H2” it should be assumed to be a King, not a Knight. It is suggested that you write out the whole name (“King” or “Knight”). The following alternate names and abbreviations are also legal.

Alternate Names & Abbreviations for Kings (K)

  • Armies (A)
  • Monarchs (M)

Alternate Names & Abbreviations for Knights (N)

  • Fleets (F)
  • Horses (H)

Retreats

There are no retreats. All dislodged units are taken off the board.

Coasts & Water

There is no distinction between land, water, coasts, or canals. All spaces in Chesspolitik are hypothetically available to all units, provided they are positioned to move there.

Convoys

There are no convoys.

Ending the Game

Apart from the different solo requirement (17 SCs), normal rules for Diplomacy apply, and the game may end in a solo or draw. Please follow house rules for whatever conditions are placed on how draws may be composed and voted for.

Rules for Chesspolitik (2p)

A two-player variant of the game has also been formulated but has received no playtesting.

Basics

  • Player Count: 2
  • Game Starting Year: 1401
  • Total Supply Centers: 18 (the darker spaces)
  • Total SCs required to Solo: 12
    • Note that this requirement is two thirds of available centers, not just a simple majority.

Each player starts with three SCs and three units. Two units for each player intentionally start in non-SC spaces, and two of each player’s SCs are intentionally left vacant.

Map

The game of Chesspolitik for two players is played on a 6×6 chessboard-like grid. Spaces are labeled numerically by row (bottom to top 1-6) and alphabetically by column (left to right A-F).

Players

One player power is on each side of the board.

  • Kingdom of France (Blue) – bottom side, nearest to row 1
  • Kingdom of England (Red) – top side, nearest to row 6

Builds

As with four-player Chesspolitik, players may build in any vacant centers in the two rows closest to their side of the board, provided that they control those centers.

  • France may potentially build in A1, C1, E1, B2, D2, or F2.
  • England may potentially build in B6, D6, F6, A5, C5, or E5.

Dissolution 1992 Autumn Orders

Распад
Dissolution [Game 0d]

1992 Autumn Orders (Весна приказы)
1992 Winter Orders are due Thu 23 Sep @ 1900 EDT (2300 UTC)

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ORDERS
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Player Powers
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EG  Egypt                   DasBagle

    F Lib S WDe - Ben       .
    W Asw S Ben - Khm       .
    A WDe - Ben             .
    
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ET  Ethiopia                JonathanBL

    A AdA S Eri - Khm       .
    A Eri - Khm             .
    
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IR  Iran                    mistercreepy

    A Kho S Teh - Tkm       .
    A Tbz - Aze             .
    A Teh - Tkm             .
    
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KA  Kazakhstan              Walshie

    A Akt - Nuk             .
    A Tsh S Akt - Nuk       .
    
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PA  Pakistan                Dwia

    A Isl - Blo             .
    A Blo - Kan             .
    A Kab S Blo - Kan       .
    
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PO  Poland                  Strange

    A Ols - BSt             .
    A Lvi S Clu - Mol       .
    
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RO  Romania                 Waka

    A Ode - Kyv             .
    A Clu - Mol             .
    
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SA  Saudi Arabia            Thorill

    A Dmm - Irq             .
    A Riy - Jor             .
    
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UK  Ukraine                 Colonel Apricot

    A Kyv - Blr             .
    A Blr - War             .
    F Sev - Ode             .
    
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YU  Yugoslavia              AKFD

    A Bgd - Hun             .
    A Cro S Bgd - Hun       .
    
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Neutral Minor Powers (Tan or Bronze)
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Asia

    A Aze H                 Dislodged by A Tbz (2v1)
    A Geo H                 .
    A Kan H                 Dislodged by A Blo (2v1)
    A Taj H                 .
    A Tkm S Blo - Kan       Cut & Dislodged by A Teh (2v1)

Europe

    A Alb H                 .
    A Aus S Bgd - Hun       .
    A BHz H                 .
    A BSt H                 Dislodged by A Ols (2v1)

    A Bul H                 .
    A Fin H                 .
    A Hun - Clu             Bounced 1v0; Dislodged by A Bgd (3v1)
    A Mol S Ode - Kyv       Cut & Dislodged by A Clu (2v1)

Middle East & North Africa (MENA)

    A Irq H                 Dislodged by A Dmm (3v1)
    A Jor H                 Dislodged by A Riy (2v1)
    A Jub S Eri - Khm       .
    A Khm H                 Dislodged by A Eri (3v1)

    A Som H                 .
    A Syr S Riy - Jor       .
    A UAE - Shi             Bounced 1v0
    A Yem H                 .

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Paired Neutral Minor Powers (Dark Brown)
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Czechoslovakia

    A Bra S Blr - War       .
    A Pra - War             Bounced 1v2
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Libya

    A Ben - Khm             Bounced 2v3; Dislodged by A WDe (2v1)
    A Trp S Ben H           Void: Ben moved
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Uzbekistan

    A Nuk H                 Dislodged by A Akt (2v1)
    
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Nuclear Powers
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NA  NATO

    A Ath H                 .
    W Avi H                 .
    W Dji H                 .
    W Inc S Dmm - Irq       .
    F Izm H                 .
    A Par H                 .
    W Ram H                 .
    
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RU  Russia

    F Kal S Ols - BSt       .
    W Kra S Tbz - Aze       .
    A Mos H                 .
    W Sve H                 .
    
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IN  India

    A Del H                 .
    W Mum H                 .

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IS  Israel

    W Tel H                 .

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US  US Navy

    F Kuw S Dmm - Irq       .
    F Nap H                 .

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RETREATS
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Neutral Minor Powers

    A Azerbaijan was destroyed
    A Kandahar was destroyed
    A Turkmenistan was destroyed
    
    A Baltic States was destroyed
    A Hungary was destroyed
    A Moldova was destroyed
    
    A Iraq was destroyed
    A Jordan was destroyed
    A Khartoum was destroyed
    
    A Benghazi was destroyed
    A Nukus was destroyed

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VIOLATIONS & KICKS
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Saudi Arabia violates Israel via Jordan.
Israel kicks Saudi Arabia's embassy.
    E I0z - I0z

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BUILDS PENDING
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EG  Egypt                   -

ET  Ethiopia                1 build

IR  Iran                    1 build

KA  Kazakhstan              1 build

PA  Pakistan                1 build

PO  Poland                  -

RO  Romania                 2 builds

SA  Saudi Arabia            1 build

UK  Ukraine                 -

YU  Yugoslavia              1 build


Neutrals (rebuilds)

    A Eritrea

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PENDING WINTER EMBASSY NOTES
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The Saudi Embassy for Israel must hold.
Saudi Arabia may only order up to 2 other embassies to move.

The Yugoslav Embassies for NATO & Israel must hold.
Yugoslavia may only order up to 2 other embassies to move.

All other players may move up to 3 embassies.

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VP HISTORY
                 Favor     VP @ End of Year        * = Oil            DP
                 --------- ------------------------------------------ --
    Power        N U I B R 91  92  93  94  95  96  97  98  99  00  01   
---------------- --------- ------------------------------------------ --
EG  Egypt        2 1 1 1 1  5   6*                                     3
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ET  Ethiopia     1 2 1 2 0  4   5                                      2
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IR  Iran         1 0 0 3 2  5*  7*                                     4
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KA  Kazakhstan   1 1 1 1 2  4*  6*                                     3
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PA  Pakistan     2 2 0 0 2  6   8                                      3
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PO  Poland       1 2 1 1 1  4   3                                      2
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RO  Romania      1 1 2 2 0  4   7                                      2
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SA  Saudi Arabia 2 2 0 1 1  4*  6*                                     3
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UK  Ukraine      1 1 1 1 2  5   6                                      3
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YU  Yugoslavia   0 0 1 3 2  3   5                                      2
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Neutral Minors:            
    Asia                    6   2
    Europe                 10   5
    MENA                    9   6
    Paired                  6   3
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Other:                     
    US Navy (Blocked)       0   0
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