Chess is the world's most popular game, and is played by an estimated 500 million people. Chess, unlike any other game, cuts across all national and social boundaries. It is played in every continent, by every social class, and by both sexes. It is the ultimate test of strategy and human brainpower. The 2012 Chess Olympiad featured 152 nations, and chess forms part of the school curriculum in over 30 countries worldwide, as it is proven to increase student performance.
So why change such a great game? Well, chess is sometimes considered to be a bit slow, and only for brain-boxes! 'Topple the King' changes all that, as the random element and the tweaking of the rules, makes for a much more enjoyable and fast flowing experience.
Since 2011, the game has been trialled in schools and communities across central Scotland, and the response has always been very positive. In addition to the shorter game length (average 7 minutes) the real strength of the new game lies in the fact that it gives a lesser skilled player the chance to defeat a better opponent. Furthermore, there is a suspense element brought into chess for the first time, and this makes for a more exciting game, either to play or to watch!