The game of Scotan chess was first thought of by an anonymous monk who didn't know how to play the original chess so had devised a version of chess that was also used by Rock, paper, scissors. The concept is that in Scotan chess, certain pieces can move different ways and some are restricted. But if players encounter a piece on a square and the current player's piece is within their Zone of Reach, then the opponent can be challenged to a match of Rock, paper, scissors. But it's not just 1 match of RPS, the number of matches is dependent upon what piece is used to challenge the opponent.


The origin of Scotan chess has no relevance or direct link to Scotannaea, it evolved into the name of Scotan chess for no particular reason that anybody knows about. The thought of the game was created by an anonymous monk who struggled to play the game of normal chess and created a version that was simpler to learn and involved Rock paper scissors to play. Theoretically, Scotan chess is a game inside a game. No evidence has been given about it's creator, place of origin, first documentation, competition or it's name.



Green: The moves that a pawn can make. Red: The moves that a castle can make. Yellow: The moves that a knight can make. Blue: The moves that a bishop can make. Pink: The moves that a queen can make. Orange: The moves that a king can make.

Piece Lives
Pawn 1
Castle 2
Knight 3
Bishop 4
Queen 5
King 8

If a Pawn challenged a Knight (Pawn has 1 life and a Knight has 3 lives), the Knight would only need to win 1 RPS match to take possession of the square and erase the opponent's piece from the game. But since the pawn is inferior, the player needs to win 3 RPS matches because a knight has 3 lives and a knight only needs to win 1 match because a pawn has 1 life. Let's imagine that the knight won the RPS minigame after the pawn beat knight once on RPS, the lives as described in matches don't carry on to further RPS matches. In general whether the piece is a good performer or not, the amount of lives will always be default.

Game Over Situation

The game over situation is settled one way, if the king is challenged by another piece of the opponent and if the king loses the RPS game, then without argument the opponent wins because there is no king on your team and according to Scotan chess, the king is all powerful and nobody will replace him.

Unlike normal chess where white pieces go first, Scotan chess prefers to toss a coin to decide who will take the first move of the game. The creator of Scotan chess believed that the original rules were a sign of inequality and so let it down to fate to determine who would have foremost power.

Historical Rules

The amount of lives varied for a King piece. The amount of lives for a King for a long time has been 8, but in the past; if you were an outsider of the city walls (not from modern-day Clares), your King would only have 6 lives. If you were a woman, your king would only have 7 lives and if you were both a woman and an outsider, you either couldn't play, your king would only have 5 lives or you would have been arrested if you won the match against a native of the city walls (modern day Clares).

However, this rule has faded away because of a modern global society and treats everyone the same, but nowadays people still regard Kings as having 8 lives but there are campaigns to get the amount of lives down to 6.

Present Day

In the present day and modern times, people play Scotan chess as a pastime and it's a well known game for chess novices and new players. There has been no evidence of a championship or competition held anywhere in the world for Scotan chess; although there has been a lot of information about enthusiasts who wish to hold competitions for Scotan chess, the drawbacks are that people may not wish to participate and the amount of money involved to create a competition this big. The game of Scotan chess recently achieved recognition as the Intermicronational Olympic Committee recognized Scotan Chess as a sport and will be an event in the 2018 Micronational Olympic Games. As far as the Republic of Scotannaea is concerned with it's national olympic committee, Scotannaea won't participate in the 2018 Olympics for now and will decide to boycott the games because of Dubious hosting of the games.

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