Thursday, August 27, 2009

Fun Chess Variant

Looking for a change? I thought up some fun chess variants for you to try today!

1) Triple Queens: The rooks are flipped over to become queens at the start of the game.

2) Confusion: For a confusing game....bullet/blitz game where rooks act like queens, and queens act like rooks, bishops act like knights and knights act like me, it's not as easy to break out of habits as you think, especially when pressed for time.

3) Special Capture: Captures are only allowed if you have at least two pieces attacking.

4) Restriction: Whatever TYPE of piece you last moved (P, N, B, R, Q, K) can't move on your next turn. Example: 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Nc3 would not be allowed, because white moved a knight on both move 2 and 3. However, 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. Nc3 would be allowed).

5) What, NO castling???????: No castling allowed. Extension of the game could also include no en passant, no promotion, ...

More chess variants can be found at:

Book Recommendation

Attacking Chess: Aggressive Strategies and Inside Moves from the U.S. Junior Chess Champion
by: Josh Waitzkin
When I first ordered this book, I was more attracted to the title than anything else. However, when I started reading, it was unlike any chess book I've read before. Simple, clear diagrams....detailed insight into key moves...and super easy to follow! I didn't even need to set up a board to follow along. Contains a variety of chess themes, and a look into the life of a chess champion. Great for all ages.

For $14, you can't go wrong! Order/reviews:

Chess in the Library Website is Up!

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All credit to Yutong, Yuanling, and the rest of their website team!