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It was last modified on: 2007-10-05
 By (zzo38) A.  Black. Bland Chess. Chess with no diagonal moves. (8x8, Cells: 64) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
George Duke wrote on 2008-07-28 UTCGood ★★★★
Bishops cannot move at all, and Pawn cannot capture. King is royal Wazir. The brother's opposite Sharp Chess permits only diagonal moves. So, in Sharp Chess, Pawns can only capture, and Rook cannot move. How to expand Rules minimally-aesthetically to make it playable? Stipulate cannibal Pawns, still unable to move as such -- no orthogonal allowed at all -- may capture backwards diagonally too. That would be the correct completion of Sharp Chess. Then the opening strategy would be Pawn capture(s) of own back-rank piece (frozen Rook likely candidate), Pawn takes own Pawn probably couple of times too rather early, and then everything opens up fine for normal-enough development. Nice game Sharp ''all-diagonal'' Chess.

Gary Gifford wrote on 2007-10-06 UTCGood ★★★★
I just played a game of Bland Chess against myself and must give it an initial rating of 'good' as the game stands now.  Due to the diagonal restrictions I do highly recommend the following:  (a) replace Bishops with Blocks that can't move  (b) replace Queen with Rook (or maybe a Knight?)  (c) Replace King with Wazir.  (d) replace pawn images to represent the non-diagonal capable pawns.  The reason for all this in a pre-set is to make the game more user friendly.  For example... when I just played it I would occasionally want to make a diagonal move.  Correct images would discourage that illegal nature.

What I found:  (1) The Knights, as one would expect, become wonderful pieces...  This game can really emphasize the value of the Knight... good Knight play is crucial in this game. (2) The central traffic jam I expected did not take place.  Knights and Rooks could tear into the pawns because it is hard to defend 8 pawns that can't capture or protect.  (3) When one just thinks about the game, it does seem like it would be bland... but when you actually play it it seems to be rather interesting and a bit fun.  So it seems we have here, another example of 'Green Eggs and Ham.'  We need to try it before complaining about it.  We just might like it.

(zz038) A. Black - If you want I will make a pre-set for this... but if so, I would like to substitute piece images with ones that correspond to correct ortho movement... otherwise the brain keeps slipping back into chess mode.  I believe once people play your game they will see it in a whole different light.  Some may even rate it 'Excellent.'  Best regards, g

Charles Daniel wrote on 2007-10-05 UTCPoor ★
Bland chess? 
And we wonder why chess players avoid chess variants!

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