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The Chess Variant Pages

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Shrink Chess

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

If your move empties a rank or file, it disappears permanently.

Pawns can make the initial double move only if there are still eight ranks.

To save programming space, I decided that all pawn promotions produce queens, and I have disallowed castling if any involved columns are lost.

Thanks to Emiliano Venturini for help with the debugging (Oct. 2003).

Chess Variants

These are simple illustrations rather than strong opponents. Shrink Chess

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Written by Ed Friedlander

WWW Page Added: Sunday, December 30, 2001