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# Tiger Hunt

## a new variant of The Maharaja and the Sepoys

A new variant of The Maharaja and the Sepoys has been invented by David Paulowich. He send me the following description of this game.

## Rules

There are no Queens in this variant! White has a single piece on d1 called a Tiger (or is it a Tigress?) which is represented by the White Queen. The Tiger moves like a Queen or a Knight, but it cannot be placed on a square which is under attack by the opponent. Black has fifteen pieces, with an empty square at d8. Pawns do not promote. Each player must make a legal move on his turn or else forfeit the game. Thus a stalemated player has lost the game.

Note that this game uses exactly half of the chessmen. If you have a second board in the house, then you can set up another game with fifteen White pieces against a Black Tiger on d8. See the diagrams:

 Board 1 White: Tiger (Queen piece) d1. Black: King e8; Rook a8, h8; Knight b8, g8; Bishop c8, f8; Pawn a7, b7, c7, d7, e7, f7, g7, h7.

 Board 2 White: King e1; Rook a1, h1; Knight b1, g1; Bishop c1, f1; Pawn a2, b2, c2, d2, e2, f2, g2, h2. Black: Tiger (Queen piece) d8.

I will end with a sample game against a Black Tiger. This little comedy of errors shows how quickly fortunes can shift.

 1 Nb1-c3 Td8-d4 2 Pe2-e3 Td4xc2 check 3 Ke1-e2 Tc2xa1 4 Ke2-d1 winning the game, as the Tiger has no legal move.

Written by David Paulowich; picture by Hans Bodlaender.
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