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The Chess Variant Pages


(Games 1, 2 and 3 were published in David Pritchard's article in "Variant Chess", Summer 1999)

[Note: Hostage Chess is an immensely rich game, and techniques for playing it are still in a very early stage of development. The games given here must be considered very poor by comparison with what experts of the future will produce. Please send records of any games which you think particularly good to Prof. John Leslie, Dept. of Philosophy, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario N1G 2W1, Canada]

(1) 1 e4 e5 2 Bc4 Bc5 3 Nf3 d6 4 d4 exd4 5 Nxd4 Qh4 6 g3 Qh3 7 Be3 (P-P)*g2 8 Qf3 Nf6 9 Rg1 Bg4 10 Qf4 N(b)d7 11 *g5 Ne5 12 gxf6 g5 13 Qxg5 Bxd4 14 (N-N)N*g7+ Kf8 15 Ne6+ Ke8 16 Qg7 N*f3+ 17 Kd1 Nxg1+ 18 Kc1 Bxe6 19 Bxe6 Qxe6 20 Qxh8+ (R-R)R*f8 21 (B-N)N*g7+ Kd7 22 Qxf8 Rxf8 23 Nxe6 (Q-Q)Q*e1+ 24 Resigns

(2) 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 Bc5 4 c3 Qf6 5 Bxc6 dxc6 6 d4 exd4 7 cxd4 Bb4+ 8 Bd2 (B-N)N*d3+ 9 Ke2 Bxd2 10 Qxd2 Nf4+ 11 Kf1 (B-B)B*c4+ 12 Kg1 Nh3+ 13 gxh3 Qxf3 14 B*g2 (N-N)N*e2+ 15 Kf1 Nf4+ 16 Resigns

(3) 1 d4 d5 2 c4 dxc4 3 Nc3 e5 4 d5 c6 5 e4 b5 6 dxc6 (P-P)*d4 7 *d7 Nxc6 (Black is not in check as White cannot promote, there being no imprisoned piece with which the pawn could be exchanged) 8 Qxd4 Bxd7 (the queen cannot be taken without an illegal self- check, because of the pawn waiting to promote) 9 Qd1 (P-P)*d4 10 Nd5 Bb4+ 11 Bd2 Bxd2+ 12 Qxd2 Be6 13 a4 Bxd5 14 exd5 (B-B)B*b4 15 *c3 dxc3 16 bxc3 Bxc3 17 Qxc3 (N-B)B*b4 18 Qxb4 Nxb4 19 Rb1 (P-P)*d2+ 20 Kxd2 Qxd5+ 21 Kc1 Na2+ 22 Kc2 (P-P)*b3+ 23 Kb2 (Q-B)B*c3+ 24 Ka3 b4 mate

(4) 1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 e6 3 Nc3 d5 4 exd5 exd5 5 Bb5+ Nc6 6 Qe2+ (P-P)*e4 7 Bxc6+ bxc6 8 Ne5 Qf6 9 Ng4 Qe6 10 *f3 exf3 11 gxf3 Qxe2+ 12 Nxe2 Bd6 13 (P-P)*e5 Bc7 14 N-B)B*d6 Bxd6 15 exd6 N*f5 16 (B-B)B*e5 h5 17 Bxg7 Nxg7 18 Nf6+ Kf8 19 Nxg8 (B-N)N*g2+ 20 Kf1 (Q-Q)Q*e1 21 Kxg2 Qxe2 22 B*e7+ Kxg8 23 (N-N)N*f6 mate

(5) 1 e4 e5 2 Nc3 Nf6 3 Bc4 Bc5 4 Nf3 d6 5 d3 O O 6 Bg5 c6 7 Qd2 Be6 8 Bxe6 fxe6 9 Bxf6 Qxf6 10 (B-B)B*g5 Qf7 11 O O O (B-N)N*g4 12 Be3 Nxf2 13 Qxf2 Bxe3+ 14 Qxe3 B*f4 15 Qxf4 Qxf4+ 16 B*d2 Qf7 17 R(h)f1 Qd7 18 Ng5 d5 19 Rxf8+ KxR 20 (R-R)R*f7 Qxf7 21 Nxf7 Kxf7 22 (N-N)N*g5 Ke2 23 (Q-Q)Q*f7 Kd6 24 (B-B)B*c7+ Kc5 25 Nxe6+ Kb4 26 a3 mate

(6) 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nf6 3 Nxe5 d6 4 Nc4 Nxe4 5 Nc3 Nxc3 6 bxc3 Be7 7 d4 O-O 8 (P-P)*h6 g6 9 Bd3 *e4 10 Bxe4 d5 11 Bxd5 Qxd5 12 Ne3 Qe4 13 (N-B)B*g7 Re8 14 Qd3 Qh4 15 O-O Bd6 16 g3 Qh3 17 f4 b6 18 Nd5 Nd7 19 Qb5 N*e2+ 20 Qxe2 Rxe2 22 (N-N)N*f6+ Nxf6 23 Nxf6 mate

Notation: Remember,"(Q-N)N*g5" means that an imprisoned queen is released and a knight rescued, the knight then at once dropping on g5. And released men go to airfields without this having to be shown by the notation.

Pawn moves are not marked "P", so that "exg5" is written instead of "Pxe5" when a pawn on the e-file captures a man on g5, and "g5" is written instead of "Pg5" when a pawn moves straight forward to square g5. Similarly, "*g5" means that a pawn from an airfield drops on g5. "(N-P)*g5" means that an imprisoned knight is released and a pawn rescued, the pawn at once dropping on g5.


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Written by John Leslie.
WWW page created: September 27, 1999.