9-Pawn Chess Board

The chess board is comprised of 72 hexagons in three colors: umber, amber and sand (dark, medium and light). It is organized into eight ranks (rows) by nine files (columns). Note that the hexagons are skewed in such a way that the ranks which normally slope 30° up and right are now horizontal. This makes learning knight and pawn moves more challenging.

drawing of Hexes Chess 9-Pawn chess board

Rank/File Coordinates

Rank and file coordinates are not necessary to play but they are useful for noting chess moves because they create an address for every hex on the chess board, and they are necessary when recording a match on a scoresheet using notation.

Each of the 72 hexagons on the chess board has an address determined by its rank and file (row and column). The files are lettered a-i. The ranks are numbered 1-8. For example, the coordinate f5 identifies the location at the intersection of the f-file and the 5th rank. (See below.)

drawing of Hexes Chess 9-Pawn chess board with coordinates identified