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The King and his Son (Chess)

Discussion in 'Technology' started by PerpetualJ, Oct 8, 2018.

  1. PerpetualJ

    PerpetualJ Guest

    This is another fairy chess variation and is in the true spirit of Last Man Standing. The idea here is that there are $16$ players (starting as two teams of eight), each with a pawn and a king. The rules are simple:

    • One piece cannot capture another of the same color until the opposing color is eliminated.
    • Play order is by color then column with A2 making the first move, then A7.
    • Teams cannot discuss their strategy after the game begins.
    • Kings follow their traditional movements.
      • cannot check other kings.
    • Pawns can move in any forward direction by one square.
      • can only capture diagonally.
      • reverse their forward direction instead of promoting.

    The starting layout is:

    • Rows 1 and 8 are full of kings.
    • Rows 2 and 7 are full of pawns.
    • Which player on each side has the advantage?
    • As the opening player, what is the smartest defensive opening and why?
    • As the last opening player, what is the smartest defensive opening and why?

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