SphereChess Turns Chess Into A Borderless Battlefield

SphereChess Turns Chess Into A Borderless Battlefield

SphereChess has subverted traditional chess strategies in a way yet to be mastered by human or AI.

Chess is practically the most successful board game off all time, given that its modern form has existed for 800 years, but many believe there's still room for improvement: Regimental Chess revised the formula with six connected boards, but for some it's apparently just not worth it unless chess has no limits at all. Enter SphereChess, an online game that folds the 64 square board into a ball before pitting players against each other. It sounds bizarre at first, but creates some fascinating alternate strategies; in SphereChess players must be able to account for pieces that can move indefinitely without reaching a single edge.

"This game takes classic square board chess into a whole new world without borders ... into the new age of chess," says Max Tite, one of the first officially recorded SphereChess players. "The power and the possibilities are much higher and the playing styles and winning gambits and amazing strategies have yet to be written. We're excited to see how this game evolves and how it grows and expands."

Instead of facing each other across a standard board, SphereChess pieces start at the sphere's poles. Players can still move a single piece each turn, but will not have their movements restricted by a board's edge. Queens, bishops, and rooks can make attacks across the globe, while pawns must form circular defenses instead of protecting kings with individual lines.

SphereChess advertises itself as a game that no AI can master, but that says more about its novelty than anything else. People have been calculating chess strategies for centuries while the first recorded SphereChess game only occurred last January. I expect AI efforts will catch up quickly enough, but regardless, the concept certainly has potential.

In its current form, SphereChess can be played online through browsers or downloaded directly from the official website. The visuals look a little rough around the edges, but it still offers a variety of board styles and could become an attractive strategy game with a few updates. Whether that's enough to dethrone the prominence of vanilla chess remains to be seen.

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Ick. I'll pass on this one. I love me some Chess sometimes, but the only reason it's playable is because you can easily glance at a board and begin parsing.

One of the most difficult parts of Chess is being able to quickly calculate a strategy based on reading the board. Looking at these screenshots and the description, I'm imaging that this game is as much about not accidentally screwing up because you didn't see a piece as it is about actual strategy.

That made my head hurt, I want to play it so bad O.o

So it's basically just chess where the right and left sides of the board are connected? Admittedly that sounds nowhere near as cool as "SphereChess".

Congratulations. I am instantly curious about this game. This is one of those very simple concepts given a new twist for great awesometude.

I might like to combine the six-board one with the sphere concept and make "Cube Chess," with six 8x8 sides.

Looks somewhat similar to circular chess(which may actually predate modern chess by a couple hundred years).

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Sweet. Now just prototype the other kernelsprites and finish evolving the battlefield so we can put a frog in it.

On a less jokey note. This looks like a lot of fun to play.

DasDestroyer:
So it's basically just chess where the right and left sides of the board are connected? Admittedly that sounds nowhere near as cool as "SphereChess".

and top and bottom

I'd bet someone somewhere has made a real life chess set like this with a steel globe and magnetic pieces. That would make a great conversation piece and also would be great to challenge chess nuts(no pun intended) with.

What this and old school chess really needs, though, is some kind of weak piece with projectile attacks. The whole concept would have to be overhauled to fit it in, unlike making the board spherical.

Now, if you will excuse me, I'm going to go make Toroid Checkers.

Wow looks really hard. I would have probably failed in this chess.

Impressive, now mix it with a large one of these for some IRL fun.

step1999:

DasDestroyer:
So it's basically just chess where the right and left sides of the board are connected? Admittedly that sounds nowhere near as cool as "SphereChess".

and top and bottom

No, if the top and bottom were connected then you could move your King 1 step back and get the opponent's Queen.

 

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