This game is attributed by Pritchard to Ralph Betza, and said to be
invented in 1973.
However, Ralph Betza wrote me the following about this game:
A variant which I was the one to report, and which I probably didn't
help to invent (but can't be sure) is Weak!.
The name of the game is due to the fact that there are seven nights in a
Black has the advantage; this game was played at the Columbia
University Chess Club (NY) in the 1960s.
The game is played with normal chess rules, but with a very special
opening setup. While white has its normal array,
black has a King on e8, seven Knights on the back row, 8 Pawns in
the usual places, and 8 extra Pawns arranged as he pleases on his
third and fourth ranks.
Pritchard gives the following opening setup. Note that (while according to
Pritchard, this is the only opening setup), this is just an example of a
possible manner in which black can start, as he may arrange his extra pawns as
King e1; Queen d1; Rook a1, h1; Knight b1, g1; Bishop c1, f1; Pawn a2, b2, c2,
d2, e2, f2, g2, h2.
King e8; Knight a8, b8, c8, d8, f8, g8, h8;
Pawn a7, b5, b7, c5, c6, c7, d5, d7, e5, e7, f5, f6, f7, g5, g7, h7.
Blacks pawns on the 6th and 5th row do not have a double initial step.
Text by Ralph Betza and Hans Bodlaender.
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