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Insane Types of Chess You can Play!

Have you heard of Monster chess, Give away chess, 3 Chesks chess, Progressive chess or Pawn war? Here is a brief introduction to all those.

While teaching chess, it is important to keep the kids engaged with some fun stuff that indirectly helps them learn different aspects of chess.

For instance, Give-Away chess also knows as Suicide Chess, Killer Chess or Take-all Chess . Give-Away chess is a chess game where losing all the pieces is the objective.

types of chess game give away chess

Rules

  1. Board setup is same as a normal chess game.

  2. If one player has a capture, then he should take it. If one has many captures then he can choose which piece to capture.

  3. No check, no checkmate, King can be captured and Pawn can be promoted to any piece including King.

  4. Castling is not allowed.

  5. If the game ends in a stalemate then the player who has least number of pieces wins.

Why is this important?

Give-Away chess is important because many a times - though they have a good capture - kids will not realize that they have a capture. But in Give-Away chess one has to look for all kinds of captures possible! This way it helps them see what capture they have instantly in a normal chess game.

Tips

Fritz has Give-Away chess if you want to practice. Make sure you have proper engine that supports Give-Away chess.

Some more types of Chess Game

Pawn Game

Here one side will have just pawns and King and the other side will have everything! This is good to teach checkmate to beginners. I take the pawn side and ask my students to checkmate me.

types of chess game pawn game

Kids feel good about themselves if they can checkmate you. In the mean time you can analyze how long they take to do that and where they are doing mistakes./

Rules:

  1. All the general chess rules apply.

Pawn War

In Pawn War both the players will have all the pawns and respective Kings.

types of chess game pawn war

Rules:

  1. All the general chess rules apply.

Queen and Pawns

Here one player will have King and a Queen while the other player will have all the pawns.

types of chess game pawn game

Rules:

  1. All the general chess rules apply.

Monster Chess

This is a little strange kind of game. Here one side (monster) will have a King and 4 pawns (as shown in the diagram). The other side will have all the pieces and pawns. But the fun thing is that the moster gets two moves at a time. types of chess game pawn game

Rules:

  1. White has to make two moves either moving a piece twice or moving two different pieces.

  2. All other general chess rules apply.

3 Checks

3 Checks is a very simple variant of chess. Here whoever gives three checks wins! This is important for kids because it tests their ability to carry out a simple task. You can also make your own variation like ‘whoever captures the Knights wins’ etc.,

types of chess game pawn game

Rules:

  1. Whoever manages to give a total of 3 checks first, wins.

  2. All other general chess rules apply.

Progressive Chess

Progressive chess is the most insane variant of chess. Here the number of moves will increase after every move. Initially while will make one move. Black will make two consecutive moves. While now plays three consecutive moves and Black gets four moves at once and so on.

This is important for kids because it helps them try out combinations. They will eventually try to checkmate using different pieces. They feel good because they can bring all the pieces they want insantly without any defense from the opponent.

types of chess game pawn game

Rules:

  1. Number of moves progress with the move number!

  2. A check must be escaped on the first move of a series. If this cannpt be done then it is a checkmate.

  3. En-passant must be made on the first move of a series.

  4. All other general chess rules apply.

So these are the variants of chess game I can recall playing. They help my students a lot in using different pieces, making a plan, thinking ahead etc., It can be annoying initially but later on you will have fun.

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Sharath is a full-time chess coach, part-time web designer and a hobby blogger. He posts his chess articles on KidsChessWorld


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