Gess is the combination of Go and Chess. It has very simple rules
and yet it can be tricky to play. I present here a Java applet that allows
you to play gess with yourself or with a friend sitting next to you.
The program, tells you when one side has lost, but allows you to continue
playing anyway so that you can try out different steps. Until I rectify
it, treat it as a feature.
- It is played on a standard 18x18 Go board with a "twilight zone" on either
side making it a 20x20 board
(a--t, 1--20 where columns a and t and rows 1
and 20 cannot be occupied by stones).
- Each player has 43 stones. Red goes first.
- A piece is defined by a 3x3 region not containing your opponents stones
and with at least one of your stone being along the periphery.
- If the middle square of you 3x3 piece is occupied, the piece can move
until obstructed. Otherwise it can move at most three steps.
- If obstructed, the piece stops there. Stones which were there earlier
- One can remove ones own stones in the above fashion.
- The "twilight zone" can be used as part of a 3x3 piece. But any stone
that goes on to it vanishes off the board.
- Each player has a ring to begin with: a 3x3 piece with the center empty.
You lose when you lose your ring. You can accumulate more rings during the play.
Enjoy the game!