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Cheapo Chess

If you had a Java-capable browser, you could play Cheapo Chess here.
No save/back keys for this applet yet.

Evan Lipkis MD taught me this when we were in medical school. Once during a game of Cheapo, you can move a piece twice. Hit "Cheapo" before designating the piece you will move. The first of the two moves may not give check or promote a pawn, but it may carry a king to safety over a square that is under attack. If available, the cheapo move must be used to avoid being stalemated.

Thanks to Alex Gustafson for help with the debugging.

Chess Variants

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Written by Ed Friedlander

WWW Page Added: Sunday, December 30, 2001