I frequent a thrifting board game thread on BGG (BoardGameGeek). Recently a nice copy of a supposed chess variant appeared and we cannot seem to identify it.
From that post the game is described thusly:
The board has nine slots on both sides for pieces and it came with 9 pieces for each player. Pieces look like chess pieces with two rooks, two bishops, a king, and 4 pawns per side.
Did determine the designer is Arne Basse and the game appears to be from the 60's.
Designers name doesn't appear to help much other that to affirm that is is likely on of their designs as it is similar to regular chess board in material composition. That does lead to the only only other mention of this game, I could find, from chessvariants.com
It was passed onto me from my parents, They said it was called "Viking Chess", but I haven't been able to find it among the variants at your website under that name (perhaps I have not looked hard enough).
It has 9 pieces per side (king, two bishops, two castles, 4 pawns). It has a spiral board with 36 cross shape places and a star in the middle.
I am trying to remember the rules as the original set are lost. My faint recollection was that each piece "entered" the spiral from the sides.
Between the two posts it was surmised that this is not the following:
- Viking Chess
- a Morra-Board
- Byzantine Chess
- Circular Chess
Determination based on board layout and piece composition.
Can you identify this game?