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It belongs to categories: Orthodox chess, 
It was last modified on: 2001-05-21
 Author: Edward  Lovett. Chess Cards. Cardgame with chess flavor.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Michael Amundsen wrote on 2017-02-02 UTC

I translated this game into a board game just to see what it would look like. I think it's interesting, but it (the way I did it, at least) has the effect of taking away the Chess theme, which makes it no longer qualify as a Chess variant. You can check out how to play Chess Cards without the cards over at BGG.


Joe Joyce wrote on 2009-06-08 UTC
Hey, Aaron, thanks! Nice to see someone has revived yet another highly interesting variant from the not-so-distant past. We appreciate your work. Score 1 for IAGO, eh? Joe

Aaron Dalton wrote on 2009-06-08 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
I have designed a card set for this game and uploaded the graphics at BGG. Here's the zip file itself: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/filepage/43454 Here's a montage of what the cards look like: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/image/494828 Cheers! Aaron

Aaron Dalton wrote on 2009-02-04 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
I have implemented Chess Cards on my free boardgaming website, Super Duper Games.

(zzo38) A. Black wrote on 2008-11-23 UTC
I manage to made this game on Zillions. It doesn't have scoring, and it doesn't swap the cards dealt around, but the other rules it works OK (as far as I know). ChessCards.zrf / Z_GenImg library files
  • Push top-right corner (h8 cell) to pass your turn, or to deal cards
  • Leading player moves a piece to the top row
  • Following player moves to second row, then both pieces are destroyed
  • Blank piece in top-right corner (h8 cell) means initiative is changed
  • Move a piece to bottom-right corner (h1 cell) to sacrifice a piece
  • Different suits are by different columns
  • Queen privilege is done by leading number 5 and changing to 'Privilege' piece
  • Columns farther to the right are worth more than columns on the left
  • Whoever is unable to follow must change one of their own pieces to 'losing-piece'
  • Anyone who has a 'losing-piece' on board loses the game immediately
  • Moving a numbered piece to top-right corner (h8 cell) also causes you to lose immediately

Alex Fink wrote on 2002-04-13 UTC
In the Chess Cards variant, it seems that it is indeed possible to achieve the maximum score of 990 points. Suppose that player A is dealt bQ rQ rR rB yQ yR yB wB wN wP and player B is dealt bR bB bN bP rN rP yN yP wQ wR. First A plays two red cards, and B must counter with two red cards; then A plays two yellow cards and B must counter with two yellow cards; then if A plays the black Queen, having sacrificed the other five cards, B will be able to play five of his other cards but will be mated on the tenth move. B can never gain the initiative, so with best play by A the maximum mate score will necessarily ensue ... unless B sacrifices a card. Then again, any time that A plays his last card on move 5 and B is facing certain defeat, he can certainly sacrifice some cards so that the maximum score cannot be achieved. Still, my game above seems to come as close as possible to this result.

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