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Chess on Ice

Introduction

I don't understand ice shows. Why is it that when you have a perfectly good idea, you need to make it an ice show? It doesn't make sense! Well, now it's happening to chess, but, with all the ice rinks going out to Shantraj on Ice, they have to use a frozen lake. Nothing can go wrong…

Setup

Same as normal

Pieces

Same as normal, except:

The rook drives a Zambaba brand ice resurfacing machine, which clears the wear on every square he travels on.

Rules

Same as normal, but each square takes 1 wear when a piece moves on or off. When five wear are accrued, pieces that stay on the square for three turns or more are destroyed and the square removed from play. Also, if any section of the board is isolated by a continuous squiggle (orth. and diag.) of removed squares, it floats off and is no longer accessible, though pieces still act on it. However, they cannot check.

I hear you already. What if, Daniel, one King and no other pieces are there? Well, then the King's player has lost, as the ice was headed into the waiting jaws of a giant Dragon Horse.



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By Daniel Robert MacDuff.
Web page created: 2014-01-10. Web page last updated: 2014-01-10