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Asher Hurowitz

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« on: April 03, 2018, 06:49:22 pm »

What do you think? It looks like a nice modern variant which has an all-too-striking resemblance to Hia Shatar.

HOWEVER: it has drops and a new flavorful rule called "Yasak," the kind of Bushido-esque honor system of Mongolia, which has pieces freeze, a bit like the mechanic "summoning sickness" in the TCG Magic The Gathering. It's an interesting mechanic that should be used in more variants.
« Last Edit: April 03, 2018, 06:55:43 pm by Asher Hurowitz »
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Re: KhanChess®
« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2018, 02:51:08 am »
There are several variants of Kahn Chess (which have all in common that reaching last rank with a legal King move is a win). I once had to play a game on an 8x8 board for a general 2-player-board-game tournament. (Also met the inventor there.) It can give a very fierce fight when one of the players drops his King in an advanced location. We did not play with the "Yasak" (freeze) rule then, so I decided to keep my own King in reserve, for advanced dropping during the end-game, without any possibility to be checkmated before that.

IIRC, there is a commercial variant called 'Raindrop Chess', which also has a (partical) freezing rule: there you are not allowed to capture if your own King is not yet on the board. That leads to a very interesting dilemma of when to introduce the King. When you do it too early, the opponent will acquire a huge lead in development by dropping his pieces with check, when you do it too late you cannot recapture any pieces he attacks, which is a big problem when he forks multiple pieces.