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Descent Chess. Start with a King and two Pawns, then move or drop one of the remaining pieces. (8x8, Cells: 64) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Andreas Kaufmann wrote on 2003-01-07 UTC
I played this game a lot with a computer (using Zillion) and didn't see any
evidence that the game is more drawish then standard chess. Dropping
pieces not only usefull by defence. It is also a powerful way to continue
your attack. The white can start the attack already from the first move
(e.g. Qg3), then continue it with dropping Rooks and Bishops. 

The variant suggested by Sam also looks interesting, it will stimulate
ealy droping of all pieces and delay exchanges until all of them (or
almost all of them) are on the board.

Sam Trenholme wrote on 2003-01-07 UTC
This game might be a bit too drawish; since the drops can be done anywhere on one's own half of the board, this looks to make defense much eaiser because, once in the enemy's camp, the enemy can drop pieces to thwart your attack.

My own take on this idea is to allow one to drop pieces anyone on their half until they capture an opponent's piece or give check to the opponent's king. Once they catpure a piece, or give check, the player who has done so can no longer drop pieces.

- Sam

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