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Cheapmate Chess

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Keys "s"=save "l"=load "b"=back once

You make make an illegal move (i.e., to an empty square, or capturing a non-royal opponent) if this delivers checkmate. You may not expose your own king to check in doing so. By Robert Price, 2002.


Chess Variants

These are simple illustrations rather than strong opponents.

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WWW Page Added: Sunday, June 30, 2002 

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Author: Ed Friedlander. Inventor: Robert Price.


Cheapmate Chess. You may make one illegal move in order to checkmate.

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First Created: Wednesday, August 21st, 2002
Last Modified: Wednesday, August 21st, 2002
File Timestamp: Wed, 14 Jul 2021 17:37:54 -0400
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