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This page is written by the game's inventor, Tomasz Sobczyk.

Tax Chess

It is not unreasonable to think that king's movement ability in chess is the source of drawishness of the game. What if the king had reduced mobility? Too simple. What if the king had mobility defined by the state of the board? Hmm...

In this variant the allowed set of moves a king can make is defined by the placement of the player's pawns! Less pawns, less taxes, less king power!



"Towards lower file" means left for white, right for black.

"Towards higher file" means right for white, left for black.

The list of available squares for a king of color C is determined as follows:

(Imagine pawns being wrapped around king's starting position)

Note, only each king's own pawns determine the king's available moves, so white king's available moves may differ from black king's moves. Black king's moves are mirrored with respect to white (not rotated) due to forward direction being mirrored.

Every other rule is the same as in chess. All emergent behaviour such as a king potentially attacking an enemy king is consistent with other chess rules.

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By Tomasz Sobczyk.

Last revised by Tomasz Sobczyk.

Web page created: 2020-09-08. Web page last updated: 2020-10-30

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