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Swapmate Chess. Pieces have "mates" which they can swap places with. (8x8, Cells: 64) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Gary Gifford wrote on Mon, Dec 4, 2006 09:47 PM UTC:Excellent ★★★★★
I recently played a game of this and found it to be quite fun and very challenging. It is in the category of Switching Chess and Swap Chess; However, Rooks can only swap places with Bishops (no matter where they are on the board), Queens with Knights, and Kings with Pawns. I'm not sure if a piece pinned to the King (say a Queen) would be allowed to swap places with a Knight. I would hope not... but do not know. Anyway, a very nice game with limited swapping. The fact that Kings cannot swap while in check is an important aspect of the game. Great job, Adrian.

💡📝Adrian Alvarez de la Campa wrote on Mon, Mar 13, 2006 05:33 AM UTC:
1. There is no rule against a Pawn swapping with a King on the first rank. As stated, the Pawn will only regain the double step when on the second rank. Maybe I'll try to make this more clear.

2. Because the King cannot swap when in check, he is not much more difficult to attack. A King swapping with a Pawn in the mid-game will likely be exposed to danger. Hence, I don't think the game is too drawish.

Thanks for the comments.

Sam Trenholme wrote on Mon, Mar 13, 2006 04:52 AM UTC:
I see two problems:
  1. Incomplete rules.

    Can a King swap with a pawn when its on its own first rank? If so, how does a pawn on the first rank move?

  2. Too hard to attack the king in the midgame. This will make the game more drawish.
I think this is a good idea, however. I'd get rid of the king-and-pawn swap, however. Or make it so only one king-and-pawn swap is allowed in the game.

This will make the game more tactical and have more flare than standard FIDE chess.

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