It is remarkable that the civilization that gave the world the very concept of re-incarnation also contributed with a board game that was to extend its influence to the four corners of the world.
Perhaps also ironic because this game started, paradoxically, as a game for four players (the Game of Four Seasons), and evolved through the centuries into a game for two players as we now know it, after being absorbed by the Persians, the Arabs, the Greeks and finally making its way into Europe via Moorish Spain.
We are now quite privileged to be witnessing a revival, a form of natural evolution of that ancient game. It survived for a long time without altering its actual form, but like everything else, once the peak of its development was reached, it had to start to decline.
The signs of its gradual fading are not yet obvious to all, as it is not yet obvious to everybody that a fuel propelled automobile needs to be replaced, sooner rather than later, by a more sustainable means of transportation. The old locomotive was useful until it was realized that a more efficient type of engine could be put into motion.
Just so with everything else, including the game of chess.
With the advent of the computer era and the development of technology, it was possible to
program a machine with the rules of chess and eventually also be defeated by it. The human element has been downgraded. This is not a human fault, it only shows that the vehicle has become outdated and that the human potential requires a more suitable challenge to develop harmoniously, and not just in a rational direction.
This was a clear sign of the need to upgrade the game’s rules and structure in a way that would resonate more closely with the status of our modern society, which includes the recent social, political and economic changes.
Most people associate chess with an overly serious, intellectual, quasi scientific activity monopolised by mathematical geniuses. This is a very valid reason for them to avoid participation from the start.
Paraphrasing a sentence from one of its creators: Quaternity Chess re-introduces the human dimension into the game.
It renews the joy of experiencing and sharing the ludic pleasure with family and friends whilst the basic rules of the game and their ancient wisdom are still in operation.
Unlike with traditional chess, the probabilities of prediction of the opponent’s moves are minimal, almost nonexistent. This can puzzle many rigid a mind, but it is an optimal exercise for letting go of prejudices and fixed patterns of thought.
In terms of the actual play, you will find that once you have moved a piece and before it’s again your turn to move, there will be three more moves, not just one, that will completely alter your initial plans, so you will have to be ready to reconsider your tactics or even completely change strategy and adapt to the newly unfolded circumstances.
These and many other factors make Quaternity Chess a unique instrument for not only entertaining but also for the practice of strategic, intuitive and lateral thinking alike.
A game that is already taking the world by storm and inspiring many people, young and old, from Brazil to the Soviet Union and from Canada to Australia.
Will Quaternity chess, one day, substitute traditional chess?
Wait, play, and see for yourselves.