Friday, May 19, 2006

Time vs. Material -- An extreme view

Nick Jong discusses Monster Chess.

...a variant in which the white player only has the king and four pawns but can move twice each turn.

Apparently the extra moves may outweigh Black's material advantage.

The naive black player's confidence at having eight pieces and eight pawns to white's one piece and four pawns quickly transmutes into fear of the monster king, which is difficult to checkmate but which can easily mate the black king by itself.

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