My son contemplating my game.
Bishops, The Game, was invented during the winter of 1991 by myself, Edwin John Wilhelm. At the time I lived in Shelburne, Ontario, Canada. While playing a game of Chess with my first wife I noticed our son Matthew age 6 was feeling left out and was unable to play. I felt there could be a way for him to play if the game had more chess pieces. Over the next few weeks I developed the basic board design using ideas I believed were compatible with Chess rules and could be enjoyed by four people to start. Within a month or two the rules were in writing and the board design and game was copyrighted in Ottawa, Canada.
At the time I was unaware of other Chess Variants but soon came to learn of past inventions and variations, but none to match the uniqueness and play of Bishops. Over the years a limited edition was constructed and sold. More may be manufactured in the future. The prototype is not for sale and will eventually be donated to a worthy Canadian museum. Also a Java based program was on the Internet during the late 1990's. Future Bishops live tournaments are anticipated worldwide.
Edwin John Wilhelm