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Date: 15 Jan 2008 18:47:14
From: M Winther
Subject: Matron Chess
It's very easy to have an exciting game of chess. Just change the
rule so that the queen cannot capture the enemy if it's guarded
(visually guarded is enough). In all other respects it's the same as
orthochess. In Matron Chess the queens cannot be exchanged
directly, but only indirectly. As a result games become more
aggressive and less drawish. Note that the queen counts as guarded
even if the guarding piece is pinned (this simplifies matters). The
Matron queen has great attacking potential.

http://hem.passagen.se/melki9/matronchess.htm

Mats




 
Date: 16 Jan 2008 12:36:00
From: David Richerby
Subject: Re: Matron Chess
M Winther <[email protected] > wrote:
> It's very easy to have an exciting game of chess.

Yes -- just set the pieces up and away you go!


Dave.


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Date: 16 Jan 2008 16:10:15
From: M Winther
Subject: Re: Matron Chess
Den 2008-01-16 13:36:00 skrev David Richerby <[email protected] >:

> M Winther <[email protected]> wrote:
>> It's very easy to have an exciting game of chess.
>
> Yes -- just set the pieces up and away you go!
>
>
> Dave.
>
>

Not if your opponent plays the exchange variation in the French, or
any other insipid system.

Mats


 
Date: 15 Jan 2008 11:01:14
From: Taylor Kingston
Subject: Re: Matron Chess
On Jan 15, 12:47=A0pm, "M Winther" <[email protected] > wrote:

> Note that the queen counts as guarded
> even if the guarding piece is pinned (this simplifies matters).

Even if it's an absolute pin, i.e. the pinned piece is keeping the
king from check? For example, White has Ke1, Be2, Qg4. Black has a
rook on e8, pinning the Be2. No other white piece bears on g4. Is the
Qg4 still considered guarded, against, for example, a black queen on
g6?


  
Date: 16 Jan 2008 07:36:56
From: M Winther
Subject: Re: Matron Chess

Den 2008-01-15 20:01:14 skrev Taylor Kingston <[email protected] >:

> On Jan 15, 12:47 pm, "M Winther" <[email protected]> wrote:
>
>> Note that the queen counts as guarded
>> even if the guarding piece is pinned (this simplifies matters).
>
> Even if it's an absolute pin, i.e. the pinned piece is keeping the
> king from check? For example, White has Ke1, Be2, Qg4. Black has a
> rook on e8, pinning the Be2. No other white piece bears on g4. Is the
> Qg4 still considered guarded, against, for example, a black queen on
> g6?
>


Yes, what counts is if the queen is *visually* guarded. This rule is a formal
thing, a matter of principle, so it doesn't matter that the guarding piece
is pinned. This rule makes the attacking queen stronger and the queen
defending against the attacking queen is weaker. One can no longer
defend in the "cowardly" way by exchanging queens. Games cannot
easily become drawish. In Ruy Lopez exchange variation white can play
5.d4 exd4 6.Qxd4 and neither player is allowed to exchange queens
because they are both guarded. So now this isn't a draw anymore. It's
rekable how such a little rule change can alter the balance of the
chessboard. Of course, many fine aspects are lost, too, but at least it's
good for rapid chess.

Mats


 
Date: 15 Jan 2008 18:48:21
From: M Winther
Subject: Re: Matron Chess
Den 2008-01-15 18:47:14 skrev M Winther <[email protected] >:

> It's very easy to have an exciting game of chess. Just change the
> rule so that the queen cannot capture the enemy if it's guarded
> (visually guarded is enough). In all other respects it's the same as
> orthochess. In Matron Chess the queens cannot be exchanged
> directly, but only indirectly. As a result games become more
> aggressive and less drawish. Note that the queen counts as guarded
> even if the guarding piece is pinned (this simplifies matters). The
> Matron queen has great attacking potential.
>
> http://hem.passagen.se/melki9/matronchess.htm
>
> Mats
>


Correction: the queen cannot capture the enemy *queen* if it's guarded.
http://hem.passagen.se/melki9/matronchess.htm