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Do-or-die Chess





   ASCII DIAGRAM:  INITIAL POSITION
   ================================
    
                        black
          +---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+
      5   | r | n | b | q | k | b | n | r |
          +---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+
      4   | p | p | p | p | p | p | p | p |
          +---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+
      3   |   |   |   |   |   |   |   |   |
          +---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+
      2   | P | P | P | P | P | P | P | P |
          +---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+
      1   | R | N | B | Q | K | B | N | R |
          +---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+
            a   b   c   d   e   f   g   h  
                        WHITE
 
 
   ABOUT THE GAME:
   ==============
 
   "Do-Or-Die Chess" is played on a 40-square board consisting of five
ranks and eight files.  It was invented on April 17, 1999, by David
Moeser of Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
  
 
   THE RULES:
   =========
 
   This game uses the same pieces, the same initial position, and the
same rules as "regular chess" (a.k.a. "the FIDE variant") except that
there's only one open rank separating the two sides.  This makes "Do-
Or-Die Chess" especially easy since there are no new pieces and no new
rules that have to be learned.
  
 
   EQUIPMENT:
   =========
 
   A regular chess set can be used for this game.  A regular chess
board can be used by covering over three ranks, or by more dramatic
expedients such as sawing off three ranks or cutting out three ranks
from the middle and taping or pasting the board back together.

Other information

The author of this variation may be contacted at this e-mail address: (email removed contact us for address) ou.com. The address of the chess variants web site is: http://www.chessvariants.com/index.html.
Written by David Moeser.
WWW page created: August 4, 1999.