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What strange chess rules can you think up?


  • 24 months ago · Quote · #1

    EvilSpudBoy

    Anyone ever think of new chess rules for fun?  Crazy, strange, whimsical or silly.

    Here's one I came up with: The queen in addition to it's current capabilities could make a move like a Knight.  However, upon completing this move the queen would be demoted to a pawn.  Of course as a pawn it has the chance to be promoted again to a Queen if it reaches the back rank.  Or if it makes a knight move that lands on the back rank it simultaneously demotes and promotes so it could become a queen again or any other piece.

    Ok, now let's hear yours.  The more far out the better.

  • 24 months ago · Quote · #2

    waffllemaster

    There have been these topics before, and usually they're boring, but that rule actually sounds pretty fun :)

  • 24 months ago · Quote · #3

    Cryptic-C62

    Falcon Punch: Once during each game, you may punch your opponent in the nose as hard as you want. If he bleeds on a piece, it is removed from the board. If he gets knocked out, you win the game and his wallet.

    Cannibalism: You may remove one of your own pawns that within one square of your knight. The knight then upgrades from a {1,2} leaper to a {3,4} leaper for this turn. 

    Conversion chamber: Before the game begins, each player writes down a column letter (A through H), which they do not reveal until necessary. If an opponent's pawn promotes on the column you've chosen, the promoted piece becomes your color, not the opponent's.

  • 24 months ago · Quote · #4

    UI-4054_Aurora

    Bishop moves like a Queen while Rook moves like a King

  • 24 months ago · Quote · #5

    solskytz

    As the game starts, a green rook stands exactly on e4. 

    The rook acts as a block. Nobody except a knight can jump over it - it cuts the lines of pieces. It can never be captured. It captures nothing and does not give check. 

    Either player, in his move, can choose to move the green rook. It moves like any rook. 

    A player may not move the green rook in such a way as will undo his opponent previous move! eg if I play green rook e4 to h4, you cannot answer me on your next move, green rook h4 to e4. You can move it anywhere else, or wait for another move, and then put it on e4 if the move is still legal. 

    No pawn can promote to a second green rook, though. One such barrier is enough. A very old idea of mine, which is nice to tell over these pages. Haven't told many people about it yet..

  • 24 months ago · Quote · #6

    EvilSpudBoy

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  • 24 months ago · Quote · #7

    Cryptic-C62

    Battlenet Rigmarole: Before the game begins, each player names a Pokemon, a drug, or a philosopher, and the other player must guess which category it is from. If you correctly guess your opponent's phrase, you may replace a piece of theirs with a pistachio, which can only move one space backwards. If you guess incorrectly, you must play the entire game without pants or underwear, and you must eat a spoonful of baked beans after each move.

  • 24 months ago · Quote · #8

    RaleighRaine

    You have the option to play as white, black, or gray!

    And gray becomes a favorite many chess players because it is in between white (who, in general, has an advantage) and black (who, in general, is at a slight disadvantage). Wink

  • 24 months ago · Quote · #9

    RaleighRaine

    Pawns capture backwards and forwards.

    When queens are captured, instead of being taken off the board, they are replaced by pawns or knights (you pick!)

    Bishops reach one end of the board and can now move like a rook and diagonally.

  • 24 months ago · Quote · #10

    solskytz

    Pawn queening rules:

     

    When it reaches the 8th rank, it can become Q, R, N or B

    This isn't new, but in addition...

    When it reaches the 7th rank, it can either stay a pawn and aspire for greater heights, or become a R, N or B (no Q)

    and - on reaching the 6th rank, it can either stay a pawn (it cannot change its mind later, unless it marches onward) or become a N or B (no Q or R)

    This can revolutionze the game, as suddenly the pawn push to the 6th acquires a new meaning! A new minor piece occupying a hole in attack, or sacrificing itself for tempo gain. 

    Also the pawn push to the 7th, making a rook, will make many drawn endings suddenly won! (such as, all king and pawn against king endings, where the king blockades but can't capture the pawn, also R+P vs. R endings). 

    Interesting huh 

  • 24 months ago · Quote · #11

    solskytz

    I guess this will immediately translate into a gain of pawn value. 

    Connected passed pawns are winners already on the 4th rank against a rook (my guess) and easily worth more than a piece in almost any situation. 

    Just connected pawns, not passed, on the fourth is suddenly a major positional advantage - probably stronger than 'the two bishops'. 

    The value of a pawn will be, at a guess, something like 1.75 pawns of the current game - so a pawn will be totally adequate material compensation to the exchange in most situations. 

    This, with the green rook - just delicious!

  • 24 months ago · Quote · #12

    9thEagle

    What about if chess was played with exactly the same rules, but the goal was to get your king to the opposite side of the board first (like a pawn promote). Obviously, capturing the king would also win.

  • 24 months ago · Quote · #13

    solskytz

    Then people would avoid exchanges like wildfire, calculating into a 'winning ending' or 'losing ending' where the board is just too sparse to block a voyaging king...

    Then, you can improve it so that the game ends by checkmate, the result being 1-0, or by a 'king promotion', where the result is, say, 5-0. 

    In some cases you will need to be 'careful' not to checkmate your opponent, so that you can play the king-march... a defensive technique might be to force you to checkmate, just like today there are stalemate traps...

  • 24 months ago · Quote · #14

    chesssmart82

    You can castle an o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o which captures the king. You can also play xe8. Please be relevant, helpful & nice!

  • 24 months ago · Quote · #15

    chesssmart82

    You can promote to an extra King

  • 24 months ago · Quote · #16

    worldthought_com

    If you get the pawn to the other side, instead of promoting the piece, you also have the option of switching sides! (The cost is that the pawn must be destroyed.)

  • 24 months ago · Quote · #17

    chesssmart82

    this were to happen

  • 24 months ago · Quote · #18

    solskytz

    I think Qxc6 is a win, these ants being just a bit too slow...

  • 24 months ago · Quote · #19

    chessgdt

    Cryptic-C62 wrote:

    Falcon Punch: Once during each game, you may punch your opponent in the nose as hard as you want. If he bleeds on a piece, it is removed from the board. If he gets knocked out, you win the game and his wallet.

    Cannibalism: You may remove one of your own pawns that within one square of your knight. The knight then upgrades from a {1,2} leaper to a {3,4} leaper for this turn. 

    Conversion chamber: Before the game begins, each player writes down a column letter (A through H), which they do not reveal until necessary. If an opponent's pawn promotes on the column you've chosen, the promoted piece becomes your color, not the opponent's.

    wouldnt falcon punch give kids a disadvantage?

  • 24 months ago · Quote · #20

    chessgdt

    Disturbing the silence:

    players:

    1st offense-If you fart while no other sound is being made in a chess room, you lose 10 min off your clock

    2nd offense-you lose the game

    Spectators:

    Thrown out of room, permanently until next round


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