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Divided Forces Chess

Introduction

Reynold Sebok sent us this variant in September 2005. The concept is simple -- divide each players' starting forces by placing half of them on the other end of the board.

Setup

+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+
| Q | B | P | P |*p*|*b*|*n*|*k*| 8
+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+
| R | N |   |   |   |*p*|*p*|*r*| 7
+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+
| P | P |   |   |   |   |   |*p*| 6
+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+
|   |   |   |   |   |   |   |   | 5
+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+
|   |   |   |   |   |   |   |   | 4
+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+
|*p*|*p*|   |   |   |   |   | P | 3
+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+
|*r*|*n*|   |   |   | P | P | R | 2
+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+
|*q*|*b*|*p*|*p*| P | B | N | K | 1
+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+
  a   b   c   d   e   f   g   h

Rules

As in international chess, except: