Musketeer Chess Leopard and Cannon Kit Bundled with HOS Luxury Plastic Chess Pieces
Cannon & Leopard CombinationProduct Code: MENMUSKETEER-BN
In Partnership with Musketeer ChessThe Musketeer Chess Variant Kit, which features Cannon and Leopard Pieces, is an exciting, new way to play Chess! Use these pieces with your favorite set of chess pieces and play Musketeer Chess! Each kit comes with a total of 4 plastic chess pieces - Black Cannon, Black Leopard, Natural Cannon, and Natural Leopard.
Similar to the Knight, it is classified as a leaper. It can move by jumping like a Knight or slide like a Bishop diagonally in an unobstructed path. When sliding diagonally, the Leopard moves only by one or two squares in any direction (see diagram below).
The Leopard cannot move orthogonally. It can control a maximum of 16 squares. Compared to the Cannon (see below), it has almost the same value, but it appears to be slightly more aggressive, as it has the ability to “sweep” forward more squares. It can checkmate without any help.
From d4, the Leopard can control 16 squares: It can leap to c2, b3, e2, f3, b5, c6, e6, f5. It slides to: c3, b2, c5, b6, e5, f6, e3, f2.
PGN Notation: Le
The Cannon is classified as a leaper. It can leap two squares orthogonally in any direction. But it can also leap like the Knight, only moving 1 square forward then 2 squares horizontally. The Cannon can also move like the King, one square in any direction.
From d4, the Cannon can control 16 squares: It can leap to d2, d6, b4, b3, b5, f4, f3, f5, It slides to: c3, c4, c5, d3, d5, e3, e4, e5.
PGN Notation: Ca
History of the Chess Pieces
Musketeer chess is a modern chess variant invented by FIDE Master Dr. Zied HADDAD. The design of the chessmen is the creative work of Frank Camaratta, Founder of The House of Staunton.
In musketeer Chess, the basic rules of chess are followed. Musketeer Chess employs a Standard 8x8 chessboard and House of Staunton Marshall Series or Collector Series chessmen. In Musketeer Chess, both armies benefit from the addition of two of the new Variant chessmen.
The new pieces such as the Chancellor and the Archbishop can also be used for other chess variants such as Gothic Chess, Seirawan Chess and C-Chess.
The new chess variants are designed to be Staunton-compatible, hence can easily be used as replacements or substitutes for the enthusiast who wants to customize their classic Staunton chess set.
Or, perhaps, you have invented your own chess variant and are looking for distinctive alternate designs that are compatible with a set of Classic Staunton chessmen.
There are currently 6 new Musketeer Chess pieces available exclusively through The House of Staunton (Elephant, Hawk, Leopard, Cannon, Archbishop and Chancellor). In the months ahead, five new chess variants will be available to complete the collection (Dragon, Unicorn, Fortress and Spider and A super PAWN).
The complete rules of Musketeer Chess can be downloaded from