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Neutral King Chess
« on: April 12, 2018, 08:15:06 am »
This is another simple variant.
It's all the same as FIDE Chess except the original kings are replaced by non-royal counterparts.
Instead, a neutral king will be placed in the center.
The goal of this game is to make a turn that checkmates the neutral king.
Each turn you may also move the neutral king but not into check.

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Re: Neutral King Chess
« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2018, 10:40:37 pm »
It shouldn't be possible to move the King repeatedly... this can result in excessive draws.

I do like the idea.

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Re: Neutral King Chess
« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2018, 09:49:58 am »
Related: http://www.chessvariants.com/winning.dir/neutral-king.html

They are dealing with the same problem I mentioned above with some interesting rules. Two things I would note:
This game would benefit from having an odd numbers board: 7x7, with the "grey" King in the center.

[Insert wish for posting boards here]

I don't like the solutions they come up with for the King's movement, but can't immediately think of a better one. I do like the idea, however.

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Re: Neutral King Chess
« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2018, 03:10:21 pm »
This is 7x9 instead of 7x7, but does this suit your tastes @John_Lewis

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Re: Neutral King Chess
« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2018, 03:17:20 pm »
The way I would solve the issue with king move repeats is that after a king move the other player is not allowed to move the king back to the square the king came from.

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« Reply #6 on: April 17, 2018, 08:55:20 am »
The way I would solve the issue with king move repeats is that after a king move the other player is not allowed to move the king back to the square the king came from.

It would take some play testing, but I think you could still end up with square movement.

And yes, I think that 9x7 board looks perfect.

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Re: Neutral King Chess
« Reply #7 on: April 18, 2018, 06:44:42 pm »
This post became way more interesting than I expected.
Lets put a new twist on this variant.
Instead of the king being moved by the players, a number between 1-9 is generated. The number dictates how it will move.
1 - forwards
2 - forwards-right
3 - right
4 - backwards-right
5 - backwards
6 - backwards-left
7 - left
8 - forwards-left
9 -  no movement
This should make the game much more interesting. If the King gets a number which checks it, then a new number is generated.

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