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Chess Variant

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stumps
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This is just a simple variation of chess that
adds a different style of strategy to the game.
The pawn can now move in four directions: forward, backward, left, and right. Still ony moving one square at a time. The first movement of a pawn is still allowed to be two squares, but still remains a foward movement only.
The pawns attack movements are increased to four directions: diagonally left/right forward, and diagonally left/right backward. These attacks are limitted to one squares distance.

The pawn now becomes a more active piece and threat than before, as well as the pawns can now work in groups (formations) that allow for interesting circumstances.

Let me know what you think... ...try it first, most are doubtfull untill then. :)

DavemanUK
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pawn promotion

very interesting, given the general analysis that pawns used to have a 'value' of 1 (bishops&knights=3, rooks=5, queen=10) then your new-pawns seem to have a value of 2/2.5 (getting on for nearly as good as a bishop or knight).

I presume you still include the pawns 'en passe' and back-row promotion rules (which would probably dominate the end-game as it feels like a lot of pawns could get promoted) :)

Dave W.

daddyhasgames
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Chess Variant

The pawn is always 1 and the other pieces would need a new value, since it is base on the fighting power of the pawn.

daddyhasgames
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Chess Variant

I have a 1991 copyright in the United States on "Chess For Four" and I will try this idea for the pawn and see how it works.

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