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Octopus Chess

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Octopus Chess features 2 new exotic pieces that possess unusual moving abilities. The game also uses augmented knights instead of regular knights and 5 additional pawns that can be dropped during play.

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The new pieces are:
The Octopus: - A powerful crooked slider that controls multiple files, ranks and diagonals.
The Sorcerer Snake: A piece that follows one of two crooked paths to squares that are a Knight's move away or an extended Knight's move away.
The Ninja Pawn:- A stronger pawn can also move sideways anywhere and capture sideways on the enemy half of the board.
The Ninja Pawn is not present in the intial setup but is dropped during play into a vacant space on the second rank. It can be optionally pushed forward on the same turn.
The Knights are replaced by the Ferz-Knight and the Wazir-Knight which make additional diagonal or orthogonal stepping movements.

Otherwise, the rules are exactly as in orthodox chess except for: Flexible castling (King can castle by moving 1, 2 or 3 (or 4 on Q-side) spaces towards rook, the ability of pawns to move 1-multiple spaces towards the middle and asociated extended en-passant rules.

Start Position for Octopus Chess The board is set up as follows for the white side (black side will mirror this):

Rook on a1
Wazir Knight on b1
Bishop on c1
Sorcerer Snake on d1
Queen on e1
King on f1
Octopus on g1
Bishop on h1
Ferz Knight on i1
Rook on j1
10 pawns from a2 to j2.

Note that the lower right square is white, and that kings occupy the same color square.

5 Ninja pawns to be dropped one per turn into empty space from a2-j2

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By Charles Daniel.
Web page created: 2008-10-31. Web page last updated: 2008-10-31