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Recycle Chess. Players can capture and drop their own pieces. (8x8, Cells: 64) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Alexander Trotter wrote on 2012-11-27 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
We play this game in our chess club in New York, with the following modifications: 1) the game commences with a minimum of three normal moves, 2) you can only have a maximum of three pieces -- including pawns -- in hand at any given time, 3) there are promotions, and 4) the king cannot escape check by capturing a friendly piece.

Nate Conklin wrote on 2012-11-12 UTCGood ★★★★
Neat game!  Sounds like fun!

(zzo38) A. Black wrote on 2012-11-02 UTC

Other possibility of kings: (d) If you have king in hand you are not allowed to move pieces which are on the board. (e) If you have king in hand you must drop it on any turn if you are able to do so.

Another rule, if you want to use, is: Not escape check by capturing your own king.

Andreas Kaufmann wrote on 2011-01-14 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
I think the most natural rule is that you can't capture your own king. This is a rule used on (see
The game is really fun to play!

Fergus Duniho wrote on 2006-02-02 UTC
That's not a stupid remark. There appears to be an oversight in the rules concerning what to do with Kings. Some possibilities are (a) You may not capture your own King, (b) You may not drop other pieces when you have your King in hand, or (c) Your opponent will have to force you to drop your own King by capturing the rest of your pieces or otherwise creating a situation that is best remedied by dropping your King.

victorzola wrote on 2006-02-01 UTCPoor ★
Sorry for my stupid remark but what would happen if I take my own king and I don't drop it back in the game later ?

Fabrice Liardet wrote on 2005-01-14 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
I think that Recycle Chess is now being played *with* promotions (I have always played it and seen it played that way). At least I composed an endgame study based on promotions together with the author and he didn't object :-)

Charles Gilman wrote on 2004-03-29 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
There is a fairly obvious further variant: COMBINING Recycle Chess with Hostage Chess. Enemy captures would go to prison until swapped, friendly captures would go straight to reserve. What does anyone think of that idea?

Fabrice Liardet wrote on 2003-08-27 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
A fantastic game, which deserves to be more widely known. After many
discussions about whether Hostage Chess should be considered as the best
piece-dropping variant over Chessgi, this game overseeds both by some way.
It has the following advantages :

- Only one set of pieces is needed, unlike Chessgi.
- The rules are kept very simple, unlike Hostage Chess.
- The possibility for the king to capture one's pieces makes defense
easier, counter-balancing the attacking possibilities given by piece
drops, unlike both other games.
- Endgames do exist, unlike both other games. Endgames with possible piece
drops can be quite fascinating.

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