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It was last modified on: 2004-11-01
 By John  Leslie. Hostage Chess. Pieces taken are held hostage and can be exchanged against other pieces and then dropped. (8x8, Cells: 64) (Recognized!)[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Kevin Pacey wrote on 2017-10-03 UTCExcellent ★★★★★

Cool variant. The extra basic rules are slightly complex, but still, cool variant.

It may be worth giving here the relative piece values for Crazyhouse that I once saw on someone's blog; these values just might actually be of use in assessing the [tactical] usefulness of pieces in games of Hostage Chess, in a general way, too: P=2; B=3; N=3.5; R=4; Q=6.


Boris wrote on 2016-09-02 UTCExcellent ★★★★★

This is one of very best variants, may be best variant.  But when I download and use Duniho ZRF for Zillions program, I discover that pawn cannot promote even if player has piece in prison.  Pawn moves to last rank and stay pawn and cannot move more.  If Duniho fix and upload new ZRF it should be great for players of this great variant.  Thank you.


Andreas Kaufmann wrote on 2011-02-19 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
There is a nice freeware to play 'Hostage Chess': http://www.hostagechess.com/download.html

On the first start of the program I got an error message about non-existing directory, but after I created the required directory (Documente/HostageChess), it works without any problems.

The AI strength of computer opponent is pretty good already by 5 sec/move, so if you like Hostage Chess it is really worth to install.

Shru wrote on 2005-01-09 UTCGood ★★★★

Nasmichael Farris wrote on 2004-11-28 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
I am very pleased this variant has been exposed here at ChessVariants.org--I wish that other sites were aware of and had provisions to play this very playable and entertaining (and difficult) variant. The possibilities for two players of varying strengths to have a challenging game together are strong, and (having tried the game out with players above, below, and around my strength in reference to our standard games) in any event, it is an exciting proposition. Kudos to John Leslie for the opportunity to create a bridge between eastern and western chess styles. In the 2005 Game Courier tournament, I would be excited to see this game offered as an option to play!

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