The enlightened but, sadly, fictional country of Switzerland has it all: A strong democracy that resists centralism, a reliable public transport network and its own version of chess.

Swiss chess reflects the values of the Swiss and does not tolerate the obsession with the centre that has so discredited traditional chess. Very much as Swiss public transport does an admirable job at not letting anyone behind, any idea of peripheral real estate being inferior is firmly rejected in Swiss chess where pieces on boundary or corner squares do not suffer from reduced mobility:

Even the king of Switzerland and his entourage of bishops and knights is frequently seen hopping on the public bus to quickly navigate the realm's more remote areas:

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Swiss rooks and pawns do not differ from ordinary rooks and pawns. And Swiss queens can move like a Swiss bishop or rook.

And here are the modified rules of movement in text form:

affected pieces: king, knight, bishop and queen (moves like a rook or bishop) from squares where the standard pieces have maximum mobility (king: 8 squares, knight: 8 squares, bishop: 13 squares, queen: 27 squares) Swiss pieces are no different from standard pieces. on other squares additional destinations are added to keep mobility at the set level. Exceptions: king and knight in or directly next to the corner have only 7 possible squares, queens on the edge have fewer destinations because of the overlap between rook and bishop patterns

 king: a1 -> a2 a3 a4 b1 b2 c1 d1
       a2 -> a1 a3 a4 b1 b2 b3 c2
       a3 -> a1 a2 a4 a5 b2 b3 b4 c3
       a4 : same as a3 shifted

knight: a1 -> a2 a3 b1 b2 b3 c1 c2
        a2 -> a1 a3 a4 b1 b4 c1 c3
        a3 -> a1 a2 a4 a5 b1 b5 c2 c4
        a4 : same as a3 shifted
        b2 -> a1 a3 a4 c1 c4 b1 b3
        b3 -> a1 a2 a4 a5 c1 c5 d2 d4
        b4 : same as b3 shifted

 bishop: a1 -> a2 a3 a4 b1 b2 c1 c3 d1 d4 e5 f6 g7 h8
         a2 -> a1 a3 a4 a5 a6 a7 b1 b3 c4 d5 e6 f7 g8
         a3 -> a1 a2 a4 a5 a6 a7 b2 b4 c1 c5 d6 e7 f8
         a4 -> a1 a2 a3 a5 a6 a7 b3 b5 c2 c6 d1 d7 e8
         b2 -> a1 a3 a4 a5 c1 c3 d1 d4 e1 e5 f6 g7 h8
         b3 -> a1 a2 a4 a5 a6 a7 c2 c4 d1 d5 e6 f7 g8 
         b4 -> a1 a2 a3 a5 a6 a7 c3 c5 d2 d6 e1 e7 f8 
         c3 -> a1 a5 a6 b2 b4 d2 d4 e1 e5 f1 f6 g7 h8
         c4 -> a1 a2 a6 a7 b3 b5 d3 d5 e2 e6 f1 f7 g8

I'm hoping to make this a little series, so let us start off with something easy:

Can you place four queens on the board in such a way that they either occupy or threaten every square of the board?

This has many solutions. If you need to spice it up for yourself find symmetric (rotational and mirror) and non symmetric solutions.

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    $\begingroup$ Any chance of getting the allowed moves in some other format, like a text explanation or a picture that doesn't depend on the viewer's ability to distinguish shades of green? $\endgroup$
    – Bass
    Mar 4, 2021 at 12:26
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    $\begingroup$ Are we supposed to deduce the reasoning behind the allowed moves ourselves? If not, then the reason why King h1 can move to e1 or h4 is unclear to me. Also, the Bishop moves intersect so that it is difficult to distinguish which move is allowed for which Bishop. $\endgroup$
    – P1storius
    Mar 4, 2021 at 12:34
  • $\begingroup$ @hexomino nobody is perfect, not even the Swiss. $\endgroup$ Mar 4, 2021 at 15:38

1 Answer 1


From what I can surmise from the Bishops rule, the following configuration of Swiss Queens should work

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More Explanation

As justhalf pointed out, only the corners are not covered by normal queens. Clearly, from the Swiss Bishop rules each of the Swiss Queens also covers a corner.

  • $\begingroup$ Well done! If you are up for a slightly more challenging challenge, here is the same question but requiring a mirror symmetric arrangement. $\endgroup$ Mar 4, 2021 at 18:03
  • $\begingroup$ Actually only the corners are not covered by the regular chess queen, right? $\endgroup$
    – justhalf
    Mar 4, 2021 at 18:22
  • $\begingroup$ @justhalf Actually you're right yes! $\endgroup$
    – hexomino
    Mar 4, 2021 at 21:05

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