[ Help | Earliest Comments | Latest Comments ][ List All Subjects of Discussion | Create New Subject of Discussion ][ List Earliest Comments Only For Pages | Games | Rated Pages | Rated Games | Subjects of Discussion ]Single Comment Kamikaze III. If the lone queen checks, she wins.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating] J. Gryphon wrote on Wed, Oct 12, 2011 06:06 AM UTC:The key difference between this variant and Maharaja and the Sepoys is that the Maharaja need only check the King -- not checkmate it -- to win the game, and it doesn't matter if it puts itself into danger doing so. Because of this, the Kamikaze Queen is much more powerful than the Q+K compound. Now, I'm not anywhere near a master Chess player, but I played it against myself a few times. Most of the White openings I've seen are Fool's Mates that open the King up to be checked in one or two turns, thus losing the game. I suspect that Red is intended to be played by a very weak player; with strong players I expect the kamikaze should have a major advantage, though with some deep level of perfect play, I suppose it might be possible for White to win, but I haven't seen anything like that yet myself. If anyone can prove that Red doesn't have a forced win, that'd be much appreciated. I think it's really more of a puzzle than a game, in any case.