The Ministers™ Chess Set utilizes a symmetric chess format that employs a 9x9 board and 36 chess pieces. Each player has one king, two ministers (queens), two bishops, two knights, two rooks and nine pawns. The two ministers flank the king, eliminating its conventional chess bishop-side weakness. The larger 81-square board, which is 17 squares more than the conventional 64-square chess board, increases the range of attack of the pieces, allowing more elaborate maneuvers to be executed where an army can even encircle the other.
A more dynamic, more challenging, and more open game than standard chess, this game is sure to be a big hit with chess aficionados everywhere. The 9x9 board also features a 8x8 conventional chess pattern on the other side, so you can enjoy a standard chess game if you so want. An additional vinyl roll-up 9x9 board makes it easy for you to carry it on vacations and trips. A cloth bag is included for convenient storage and transport.