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Simplified Chess. Missing description (8x7, Cells: 56) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
David Paulowich wrote on 2023-02-02 UTC



The year is 2023 and the rules for this 8x7 variant still state:

"... 6. A pawn may only promote to a captured piece [QRNB] and not move to the last row unless there is a piece to promote to. 7. If a player can only legally move his King or can not legally move any pieces (a very rare situation), then he loses."

So Rule [6] encourages me to play Black King f1-e2-d2-c2-b2 and start promoting pawns. But the always infuriating rule [7] makes this a lost position for Black. The question remains: What is going on here?