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General Category => Variant Reviews => Topic started by: Asher Hurowitz on March 20, 2018, 03:42:38 pm

Title: Moroccan Chess in Morocco
Post by: Asher Hurowitz on March 20, 2018, 03:42:38 pm

I am currently vacationing in Morocco and I decided to play the chess variant of that countries name, apparently concocted by the region's women. This country in general has a very interesting chess culture, I am told that the workmen here use their feet to carve chessmen! I hope to see that soon! It's a standard Pritchard style "five second" variant but one that has a cultural history and playtesting to back it up, so I decided to check it out. It's a very nice and simple mix of orthochess and suicide chess, and one must ask if this game is the inspiration for that oh-so-popular variant. The rules are the same as in orthochess but captures, when possible, are mandatory, with the exception of checks taking priority. An interesting game to play. The aim is still the same, checkmate of the King. I'm personally not a fan of these simple variants, but it was a good mental exercise none the less. Let me know what you think below.