By Tomas Forsman
Ever sat in a room with your friends, a bunch of markers and a
deck of card for an entire night? Its rather capturing to try
to win the entire pot, right? Now you can do this with your
friends and a Chessboard instead.
Instead of money Ill use markers and you can then decide the
value of a marker depending on how much money you can afford
to play around with.
When you make your first move you start by laying down an opening marker (ante). Then you lay down your challenge which is 1-5 markers. Then you make your move.
The other player then starts by laying down the obligatory opening maker. After that he has to answer your challenge and put down the equal amount of markers you used to challenge. That is followed by his/hers challenge, again ranging from 1-5 markers, which you have to answer the next time.
White: 1 opening 2 challenge Pot = 3 Black: 1 opening 2 answer 0 challenge Pot = 6 White: 1 opening 0 answer 2 challenge Pot = 9 Black: 1 opening 2 answer 2 challenge Pot = 14As you can see the pot goes up rather quickly and thus it might be a nice idea to keep the challenges low or nothing at the beginning of the game.
This sort of betting leads to many games ending with resigning when you feel you are loosing a game and thus adding the need of a poker face or perhaps we should call it chess face.
VariantsTo keep the pot from going through the roof you can disregard the opening marker and only use challenges and answers.
To raise the bets you can raise the cap of a challenge. We have successfully mixed this system with many Chess variants including multiplayer variants.
TipIf you have a good plan you can use a lower betting to fool your opponent that he is safe. Likewise you can use a higher betting to trick your opponent that you are up to something and are sure of success (not always a good idea though).
HistoryI came up with this since my friends thought the betting in Poker made it a better game then Chess. So I just implemented betting in Chess and it was an instant hit.
Written by Tomas Forsman. HTML Conversion by Peter Aronson.
WWW page created: August 4th, 2002.