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Spinach Chess. Right to make powerfull move alternates between players in variant with two kings. (8x8, Cells: 68) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Jianying Ji wrote on 2002-06-21 UTCGood ★★★★
I would suggest that at the beginning of the game only allow the black
player to spinnach, this would balance the first move advantage.

gnohmon wrote on 2002-06-23 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
I didn't notice this page when it was new, but now I'll give it a super
rating, and then ignore the game itself and talk instead about an idea it
gives me.

Popeye cartoons definitely go back to at least the early 1930s with themes
from the Great Depression (I'll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger

I wish I had a tape of 'Olive Oyl for President' so that I could memorize
the lyrics of the song -- and check the credits to see who wrote the song
'If I were president'.

Asterix cartoons will be 50 years old in a few years; in them, there was a
druidic potion, made from mistletoe and other unknown ingredients, which
did much the same thing as Spinach in Popeye -- but a little bit

Obelix fell into the potion pot as a baby, and therefore gained permanent
super strength; and the attacks of a spinached-up Popeye would merely
bounce off of Obelix.

I wonder if anybody could make a game of that?

(zzo38) A. Black wrote on 2013-12-10 UTCExcellent ★★★★★

Perhaps a way to make "invulnerability" would be that: king, queen, and chancellor cannot be attacked by spinach moves longer than a sequence of five normal moves, unlessthe moving piece is a king, and any piece that has not yet moved cannot be attacked by spinach moves longer than two, unless the moving piece is a king or pawn. (This results in rules more complicated than you intended, but is another possible subvariant anyways.)

It looks like a pawn can move two spaces forward from its initial position with a spinach move, in order to avoid being captured by en passant, although this doesn't seem it would be a very good move in most situations (although maybe there is one; make up a chess problem if you know of one such situation).

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