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Free Placement. Game starts with players alternatingly placing pieces on board. (8x8, Cells: 64) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Anonymous wrote on Fri, Sep 12, 2003 11:09 PM UTC:
I remember reading a magazine article, at least five years ago, about
variants.  It mentioned a game I could not find on the site.  I'm
impressed by this variant's purity.
  It's like Orthodox chess except:
  The board starts empty -- all pieces start in reserve.
  Each turn, you may move a piece or drop a piece from reserve.
  You may not capture until you have placed your King.

There may be other rules as well.  In particular, Queening poses a
problem.  But my local chess club outlawed Queening and we've enjoyed
games of 'Chaos Chess' (I'm sure there's another name for it out
there) -- thought you should know.