When I was an active chessplayer, my friends and I would occasionally experiment with one of the many variations of the game. I found myself always coming back to the original. Reminiscing seems to have been part of my day today. I was thinking about childhood ends-of summer. And tonight, chess.
Anti-clerical chess is more commonly known as “Los Alamos Chess,” and it was designed in 1956 not as an exercise in atheism, but in the development of chessplaying computers. Why? It drastically simplifies the game.
Confession: we never played this version.
Bishops move any number of spaces in any of four diagonal directions. What do you suppose a priest piece would do? One space in any diagonal direction? Medieval chess had such a piece–it was the precursor to the bishop.
I wonder how a deacon would move.