Some things in Chess make a lot of sense:
If you look at Chess as a battle between two armies, chess logically doesn't make a whole lot of sense for the following reasons:
Our experience in teaching thousands of children Chess is that it isn't natural to learn some aspects of the game:
Caïssa is played with normal Chess pieces. You can use a normal Chess board or a Caïssa Board. The benefit of a Caïssa Board is spectators know you are playing Caïssa. Of course it would be fun not telling them, and see their faces when you make impossible moves ;-)
Here are all the similarities and differences between Caïssa and Chess.
There are two ways to win in Caïssa: Capture the King or capture all your opponents pieces.
Draws are still possible through an agreed draw, 50-move rule (no pawn moves or captures for 50 moves), 3rd repetition. There is no perpetual check, stalemate or insufficient material draws in Caïssa.
Caïssa is a lot of fun! A whole bunch of new possibilities make the game challenging, exciting and more dynamic than Chess.
You can play Caïssa on Zillions of Games! Here are the instructions.
Our intent is simply to create a game that is fun, challenging and based on our extensive experience of teaching kids chess, extremely easy to learn. In this respect Caïssa has all the upsides of chess with few of the downsides. You can explain Caïssa to kids in a real world way and they will get it. You can explain the characters and why they move the way they do. And it all makes sense.
And when they play their first game, you won't have to say "Sorry you can't do that". Because Caïssa will come completely naturally to them. For a chess coach, Caïssa is a dream come true because it can lead kids into Chess through natural progression rather than negative enforcement.
One of the wonderful things about chess is it has a very long history and so the game has been tested extremely thoroughly. Caïssa can't claim anywhere near this level of rigour. So we just don't know if the game has the richness that chess has. Our initial impressions is it seems to be more tactical but still retains strategical themes. Time will tell. Caïssa's popularity will predominantly be a function of how much fun it is to play and how interesting the game is.
So give it a try. We are confident you will have a great experience!