Atheist Chess

Nicely done, Luke Surl:

For those drawing a blank, this is the missing piece.

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  • Asylum Seeker

    Before I saw the board, but after seeing the label “atheist chess”, I was assuming that there was going to be “no kings”. I guess I forgot that there was a piece called a “bishop” and that bishops are a religious title. Yeah. A rather impressive memory lapse.

  • Milena

    Lol, it took me a moment, but I got it.

  • Ingersoll’s Revenge


    I saw the other boards, namely the one that said “REPUBLICAN CHESS,” and that one took me awhile.

    “Why would the GOP not like the king or quee…oooh. They mean “republican” with a small “r.” Gotcha.”

  • Allytude

    Well, you could call it by its Persian name “ifil” .. or the Indian name( I know it is called something, I cannot find it).. and still play a game of heathen atheist chess

  • pastor mike

    Your king is still under the Christian banner. In the end, even the kings must bow.

  • BZ

    It seems both kings are under the Christian banner, but they’re fighting each other. Maybe white doesn’t like black’s interpretation of the scriptures.

  • Jake

    Originally the piece represented an elephant.
    That was also when the piece that is now the queen was an advisor.

  • Christophe Thill

    Please not that in French, the bishop is called a “fou” : a madman or lunatic, but more accurately, given the “royal court” context, the king’s jester. So no reference to religion here. And that was long before we had separation of Church and State !

  • James

    I tried drawing a blank once, but it came out looking more like Picaso’s Guernica.

  • Grimace

    I liked the desegregated chess – I’d love to try a game of that and see how confusing it got.

  • Per Hultqvist

    I didn’t get it either until I clicked the wikipedia-link. In swedish that piece is called “Löpare”, which translates to “Runner”…

  • Spork

    I don’t know what you’ve changed, but your RSS feed no longer works in Sage in Firefox.

  • Ian Andreas Miller

    Yeah, I also was expecting the “no kings” thing.

    “No gods, no masters” and all of that.

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  • Vincent

    I didn’t know about the Swedish or French versions. I did research that piece once and IIRC in the Middle East (where chess began) it’s called “the elephant” and it’s only called the Bishop here because the word for bishop in Latin is a homonym for the word for elephant. (though I could be remembering wrong)

  • Ulrich

    re Per: In German, it is called “Läufer”, which also means “runner”.

    And I can confirm Spork’s report about the RSS feed no longer working in Firefox. Incidentally, the last post showing up in my dynamic bookmark is “Website Help”. Maybe the feed was broken in the process of improving the site?

  • RobL

    The bishops are really quite usefull. Can we just change their name to “Pirates”?

  • SarahH

    I like RobL’s idea – we atheists don’t just think in straight lines! (Or L-shapes… or well, I guess Queens can move diagonally as well, so I kind of lost my point there).

    Very clever :-)

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  • Jeff

    Your king is still under the Christian banner. In the end, even the kings must bow.

    Right. Well, between this, the cross-shaped protein in our blood and the cross-shaped nebula in a galaxy far, far away – I’m convinced. How could I not have seen it before?

  • Jeff

    On the other hand, there is Wizard’s Chess. Perhaps I should be worshiping Harry Potter.

  • Daggerstab

    Add Bulgarian to the collection of languages in which that piece is not called a “bishop”. It’s an “officer” here. “Mutineers’ chess”? :)