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It was last modified on: 2017-09-11
 By Joel  . Diagonal pawn chess. Pawns always move diagonally, whether capturing or not.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Joel wrote on 2017-09-17 UTC

Sure Jeffrey. That's a great idea. I'll definitely consider what you told me to. Thank you.

 


JT K wrote on 2017-09-17 UTC

Cool, thanks for verifying Joel.  You should bounce this idea off ChessWhiz, who does Twitch and YouTube demonstrations of variants.  He sometimes has guests on to explain their variant and play a game with him via Lichess/Skype.  I thought yours would interest him, because he mostly plays the 8x8 standard board with standard pieces and slightly different rules.  For Diagonal Pawn Chess, you could just use the Board Editor to make the diagonal pawn's non-capture moves.


Joel wrote on 2017-09-13 UTC

No, the pawns cannot move two squares diagonally and hence there is no concept of en-passant. 


JT K wrote on 2017-09-13 UTC

I forgot to ask: can a pawn's first move be two diagonal squares?  If so, is en-passant capturing still allowed?  i.e. Let's say there's a White pawn at e5 and a Black pawn at e7... the Black pawn moves to g5.  Can I assume the White pawn could capture it immediately on f6?


Joel wrote on 2017-09-13 UTC

I'd checked if a similar variant was existing already and found that Acolyte Chess, Watchman Chess, Trooper Chess and Yeoman Chess have pawns moving diagonally but have different rules regarding capture. Moreover the pawns are allowed to move sideways too in one of the variants.

Secondly, I tried to play games on this variant myself and found it interesting but I really couldn't find a clear one-sided advantage. My idea was that if a pawn was allowed to move vertically (and capture diagonally) and white could prove no advantage, then there may not be an advantage if the pawns are allowed to move diagonally (mostly because the pawns can move only one square diagonally at a time) I could be wrong too. Afterall I'm not an expert. I just wanted to explore something new.

Anyway I didn't find a similar variant and no variant has a similar pawn promotion rules I believe. But I humbly request the editors to verify my variant all over again.

Thank you.


JT K wrote on 2017-09-13 UTCGood ★★★★

I'm not sure if it exists already as a modest proposal, but I like the creativity of the promotion rule (and simplicity of the general idea).  Trying to "aim" pawns toward the central files for a queen sounds interesting.  My only concern would be if an obvious advantage for either side occurs due to some open files very early on in the game.


Fergus Duniho wrote on 2017-09-13 UTC

Does anyone know if this game already exists? It's not Berolina Chess, but it's simple enough someone might have come up with it already.


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