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Berserker Pawns. Pawns may go berserk to protect their King and once per game in addition. (8x8, Cells: 64) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Charles Gilman wrote on 2003-07-13 UTCGood ★★★★
This certainly sounds like it would liven the game up. Other pieces have
also been associated with berserking. Mad Elephant Chess applies it to the
Alfil. Among the Lewis chessmen some of the Rooks (whose name in Norse
means brave, but not necessarily sane, warrior) have been described as
looking like beserkers.
	Does 'any direction' really mean just the radial directions (8 on a
square board, 12 on a hex board, 26 in 3d)? Or could some moves be
oblique, allowing access from a2 to a4 via an unoccupied b2 or b4 even if
a3 and b3 are occupied? If the latter, how many squares of the 7 would the
Knight move use up? Clearly a3's occupation would prevent a Dabbaba-like
direct move.