[ Help | Earliest Comments | Latest Comments ][ List All Subjects of Discussion | Create New Subject of Discussion ][ List Earliest Comments Only For Pages | Games | Rated Pages | Rated Games | Subjects of Discussion ]Single Comment Shrink Chess. The board is shrinking. (8x8, Cells: 64) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]tommy wrote on 2005-07-12 UTCGood ★★★★i had a very similar idea a few months ago, and am a little disappointed to learn i wasn't the first to think of this. i was inspired by a game called russian square, in which you must push coloured blocks around in a square (or rectangle) until a whole file or rank is one colour. it then disappears. one problem with your shrink chess idea that hasn't been addressed here is that of internal files and ranks. my idea only allows external files and ranks to disappear. i have 3 reasons for this. first of all, the game of chess begins with 4 empty internal ranks. under your rules, 3 of them would disappear after white's first move. secondly, discovered check would sometimes happen if an internal line disappeared. this is not neccessarily a good or bad thing, but i don't like it. thirdly, if an internal line disappears, the checkered colouring of the board would be violated. it's easy enough to just change the colours on one half of the board in order to restore order, but nevertheless sometimes this will result in both the bishops for one (or both) player(s) being on the same colour square. not great. apart from 'russian chess' or 'russian square chess' i didn't really have a satisfactory name for my variation of shrink chess, so you can call it shrink chess 2 if you like. unlike shrink chess (1) a separate castling rule is not needed. only emptied external lines disappear. pawns only being able to double step before any rows/lines(?) are removed satisfies me greatly. particularly since, (in my opinion) the first line to go will do so sometime towards the end of the middlegame. however, i'm not at all keen on the idea of white being able to choose the promotion of black's pawns (and vice versa). however, if my opponent does send my pawn to the last rank, i could then choose a piece which would check his king, and then take it with my move. i expect there is a satisfactory compromise here. i just have not thought what it is yet. maybe you can only choose a piece which doesn't check the opponents king. also, that gives a bit of the promotion power to the opponent, instead of all the power, as in shrink chess (1). for example, 'my opponent can promote a pawn on their next move, if so he will probably choose a queen. however, if i promote it and have my king in line with it, i can ensure he only gets a minor piece for it.' i quite like that.