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Alice in Wonderland

Lewis Carroll did not, as is widely believed, create the Cheshire Cat. The phrase "to grin like a Cheshire cat" has been around since 1795 (in Peter Pindar's "Pair of Lyric Epistles"). The Cheshire Cat is an old simile popularized by Lewis Carroll, and then again by Disney's Alice in Wonderland movie.

Images of the Cheshire Cat...

Sayings of the Cheshire Cat...

"Cheshire-Puss, would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?" "That depends a good deal on where you want to get to," said the Cat. "I don't much care where----" said Alice. "Then it doesn't matter which way you go," said the Cat. "---so long as I get somewhere," Alice added as an explanation. "Oh, you're sure to do that," said the Cat, "if you only walk long enough."

Cheshire Cat Chess?

V.R. Parton was the inventor of many different chess variants, and most probably a great lover of Lewis Caroll's book, Alice in Wonderland. Many of his chess variants were named after figures from this book, and its followup Through the Looking-Glass. Most well known in this aspect is his Alice Chess, but this is another variant whose name is taken from the popular book for children of all ages. The game was invented in 1970. The description here is based on the account in Pritchard's Encyclopedia of Chess Variants.
Rules are as in orthodox chess, with the following additional rules. Every time a square is vacated, because a piece moves away from it, the square disappears. A piece cannot (obviously) move to a disappeared square, but pieces may move over disappeared squares, and also give check over disappeared squares. The first time a king moves, it may move as a queen. Note that castling is impossible.