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Zillions of Games file for Hydra Chess

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This is a zip file of a rules file for Zillions of Games and its accompanying graphics. Zillions of Games is a Windows program that will let you play any puzzle or strategy board game you can feed it the rules and graphics for.

Instructions on downloading this Zillions file:

  • Download the .zip file
  • Extract the contents of the .zip file to your Zillions of Games folder
  • Be sure to keep the folder structure intact when you extract the files.

Hydra Chess is a Zillions-of-Games file. It is categorized as: Orthodox chess, .

By Karl Scherer.



Objective: Checkmate your opponent's King.
According to Greek mythology, the Hydra was a beast with seven heads. Whenever someone cut off one of the heads, it quickly grew back. If you capture one of your opponent's pieces in Hydra Chess, your opponent may reinsert it, but it will change into a piece of less value: Pawn < Knight < Bishop < Rook < Queen. Hence Pawns are lost immediately and do now grow back.
To reinstate a piece, just click an empty square of the board.
In the default variant, up to sixteen captured pieces can be stored.
In the Swap Variant, only one captured piece will be stored.
This game originally posted in the Zillions of Games site,;id=51


Other Information

The board used for this game has 8 row(s), 8 column(s), 64 cells/squares.
This game is a 2 player game.
Invented in the year 2000. [1999-2001]. [1995-2005].

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