How to Play Shuuro – New Chess Variant

Shuuro – a new chess variant. How to play, with a look at the pieces and the setup process. Available from


  1. Yeah, it really is! Easy to play because it's just chess rules, but a wild ride with the unique set-up.

  2. Thanks for the question. I don't find any mention of castling in the rules. Basically, castling in this game is not necessary, since you set your pieces up from the start. You can create whatever protective position you want for your king in the deployment stage of set-up.

  3. Makes sense. Seems like a fun chess variant, can't wait to give it a go. Don't want to get too crazy without actually playing it, but my first impulse is to mix in an element of Capablanca/Seirawan chess with the addition of the marshal/elephant (rook+knight) and chancellor/hawk (bishop+knight), both valued at or near the 110 of the queen. Would change how those blocks play for sure, though… Thanks for the vid!

  4. Great idea! When you get the set, you'll see that the inventor also loves innovation and encourages players to create their own variations of the game. This is a really nice game, and a well-made set. Thanks for the comment!

  5. You have kids!? Do they take as much interest in chess as you do?

  6. i think ill buy this im 15 years old and i rather enjoy chss and i think this will be interesting

  7. My friend said he had this game, really want to play it now. Thank you for making this video it was awesome. I hope I'll see more ancient chess videos soon…

  8. the blocks should be mirrored or it's unfair. ( the blocks can block pawns from getting out one one side and not the other). also how can a pawn get a queen with them in the way?

  9. there are 705 possible armies that add up to 800 points, I have the list but its too big to put as a comment

  10. if a knight is on top of a block, it can only be captured by another knight. correct?

  11. You look like the Ace Ventura's informatic friend.

  12. A few rules questions: are there any rules allowing for castling or capturing en passant? Do pawns promote? If I end up with a plinth in the first row, can I deploy a knight on it?

  13. I think, the bishops and knights are unbalanced. By a board of 12×12 the bishops are getting stronger than the knights.

  14. wow pawns are only a quarter of the knight/bishop and 1/7th of a rook? I would just go all pawns.

  15. The rook are over price at 1.4 than knight and bishop at 1.33 than queen at 1.22 so buy max pawn and max queen 16 pawn and 4 queen 160 + 440 = 700 with 100 point left your stuck so i either 1 less pawn and buy a rook and a minor piece or I buy 2 less pawn and i buy 2 bishop and a knight.

  16. An aside, but you look like John Abruzzi (Peter Stormare) from Prison Break.

  17. Man, those knights are OP!

    If they land on one of the obstacles, can they be eaten by any other pieces but another knight?

  18. how much money would i get if i became the Shuuro world champion? Also, where can i find more Shuuro game database material? I have "100 Grandmaster Shuuro Games" by Justin Case and "Winning with knight to J3" by Dr. Starglow Flashlight and Richie Cunningham, but it's hard to find other works on the subject. Also, in blitz games, do you do set up first and then start the clock? Also, has anyone actually ever played this game?

  19. Interesting looking game Rick. I'm curious if you're aware of the old 3M bookshelf game series from the 1960s and 1970s. They were a high quality series of games made into a box that looked like a leather bound book when It sat on the shelf. They had a wide variety of games which included two interesting chess variants. One was called Feudal and the other was called Ploy. They're no longer in production but are very Interesting games easily available on eBay for a reasonable price. If you're interested there are some video reviews on YouTube.

  20. Its aswm but I don't like the buying and arranging pieces.Its a slow process.

  21. Interessante, eu gostaris de trazer este jogo para o Brasil

  22. did you make up this game? cause if u do then damn u'r a genius, love it

  23. The most interesting thing about Chess Variants is creating them.

  24. does the knight just ignores the blocks or does it effect its movemant?

  25. One of my pet peeves has always been putting unnecessary 0s on the end of everything. Instead of 800 points and everything costing 110/70/40/40/10, why not 80 points and everything costing 11/7/4/4/1. Much simpler, lol

  26. I only have a few questions. What's your name, what's your website, what is this video about.

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    Interesting game! I might remove the use of dice so as to make it a pure strategy game. And now that sells 12×12 vinyl boards (with 2.25" squares), it would be easy to build a game. Amazon even sells a set of 10 nice 2"x2" wooden cubes for $16 USD 🙂
    EDIT: though it looks like you would need to buy 5 complete sets of chess pieces to handle the number of pieces allowed, which is up to 9 bishops, 9 knights, 6 rooks, 3 queens, 1 king and 18 pawns! And then you'd have a huge number of extra pawns lying around…

  28. 10 year ago!! Maybe this mod needs 10 years more to be popular!! maybe 100 years or in other life!!

  29. Oh no, are they putting ads on my videos now … even though I didn't 'go commercial'? Argh.

  30. Kshhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

    Can’t beat ancient YouTube

    Cool variant

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