Joao Pedro Neto
sent this information about Atomic Chess.
He has seen this game in the Dutch orthodox chess Server, (DICS:
telnet dics.dds.nl 5000 (188.8.131.52 5000) ).
The atomic chess rules are deduced by a collection of statements from
friends of this game. The general ruleset follows:
- The normal chess rules are valid.
- Whenever a piece is captured, the capturing piece is removed and all
pieces on the immediate horizontal, vertical and diagonal neighbour fields.
- Pawns are exceptions to rule 2. They do not explode, but cause explosions
when taking away other pawns and pieces.
- Explosions are non-recursive, meaning that only the pieces on the immediate
neighbour fields are removed, not pieces in further distance (no avalanche
These rules imply that the King may never capture a hostile piece, avoiding
his own explosion.
Hint: Watch the Knights!
Johan Kokur wrote:
What happens if you skip rule 3. So pawns explode too when they capture something.
Is there a forced win or not ? It is not so easy.
Rules collected and described by Klaus Knopper, Atomic chess implemented
by connex 27.11.1995
The text apparently is taken from the documentation from DICS, written
by Klaus Knopper. Some small modifications were made by Hans Bodlaender.
Thanks to Johan Kokur for informing about Vlasov's website.
WWW page created: 1995 or 1996. Last modified: August 25, 1999.