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Capped Pawns (Bemützte Bauern)


The setup is the same as in FIDE Chess except that all pawns wear a hat in the inital setup.


The Capped Pawn is a superset of the standard Pawn and the Zabel Pawn that has an optional double step from rank 6 to rank 8. Because it has more options than a standard Pawn it is slightly enhanced in its value, but I daren't give figures how much.


The term "capped pawn" or Pion coiffé was used in handicap chess with a different meaning: with this very strong handicap (about Queen odds) the stronger player commits to checkmate with the marked pawn. The selected Pawn was marked with a hat or a ring.

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By Jörg Knappen.

Last revised by H. G. Muller.

Web page created: 2021-03-13. Web page last updated: 2022-11-30