PACIFIST CHESS These non-violent rules may be applied to any form of Chess. There are no captures. Pieces are converted. Conversion occurs when the amount of persuasion exceeds the amount of support. Pieces persuade and support according to their standard attack moves. Opposing pieces persuade, friendly support. A turn consists of moving a friendly piece to a vacant cell. If that piece is not overly persuaded, it then may be used to convert opposing pieces. The player then converts any and all appropriate opposing pieces by replacing them with corresponding friendly pieces. If the move results in any pieces being overly persuaded by the opponent, those may be replaced by the opponent with corresponding opposing pieces. Newly converted pieces can then be used to determine the level of persuasion of other pieces. The turn is ended when all adjustments to the field are complete. It is possible for pieces to persuade or support through other friendly pieces. For example: Rooks and Queens in the same orthogonal or Bishops and Queens in the same diagonal. The Pawn is forbidden to move through a cell which is overly persuaded during its initial two-step move. A un-moved Rook which has been converted, though re-converted, cannot participate in castling. A King is allowed to move to cells which are being persuaded as long as the level of persuasion is not greater than its support. The game is won when the opposing King is converted and the opponent is unable to perform a move which results in claiming a converted King.
Evaluation of persuasion and support can take several forms: 1) total number of pieces 2) total value of pieces 3) average value of pieces Each of these can have an effect on the game. The form should be decided before play.
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By Larry L. Smith.
Web page created: 2007-11-08. Web page last updated: 2007-11-08