Silliest Chess Variants In History
This blog is somewhat like a never ending blog consisting of the sillest diagrams nobody has ever seen. The more I create them, the more I will post them here for chess enthusiasts to enjoy. Here's my first composed diagram. This is a variant I made up with impossible pawn structures centered for both sides, and kings on their original squares. This variant is called Pawn Hunter.Black moves first since I created this variant I make the rules. The object is to walk the king on the other side of the opposing army of pawns and capture them in order to free your own so that you can advance them to the opponent's back rank.
After you make it to the back rank with your pawn, you may promote it but it can become any piece including another king! That means that you can have as many kings as you want, but if your opponent chooses to promote his pawns to queens, then you'll have an army of queens vs. kings. Most standard rules of chess do apply here still, and each king that is checkmated must be removed from the board, but that's only if there is more than one king, but if your opponent has only one king and you checkmate it, then the game ends immediately, and you are the winner, vise-versa.
Look at the diagram closely and you will see that neither king can make it to the other side by trying to walk across on the king side. White's pawn on g4 stops the king black king from crossing that side and Black's pawn on g6 stops the white king from crossing on that side. Therefore, both kings must pursue victory by making a path along the queen side. This is obvious by sight. Just in case you have an opponent who wants to take the fun out of the game by playing for a draw, the rule is "A draw is not allowed for either side, and is unacceptable - winning must be forced by one side or the other."
Here is another variant of mine different from the previous one. See diagram below.
In This variant is called The Four-Night Kill since the rooks that are blocked in by the pawns of its own color are bound to be killed. Standard rules apply except for the pawn promotion to a king. When a pawn makes it to the opponent's back rank it can become any piece but a king. I left it up to the players to decide who moves first in this one.