In Extrapawn Chess the rules are the same as in orthodox chess, except that an extra pawn is placed in the reserve. Before starting, the players must decide whether they want to use the extra pawn. Only if both players choose not to use the extra pawn, then it becomes a regular game of chess. If white turns down the extra pawn, then black can overrule this.
If players have elected to include external pawns, they may either move a piece or pawn, or drop the extra pawn from the reserve. The extra pawn may only be introduced on the second rank at occasions when a board pawn moves two steps. Should a player refrain from inserting his extra pawn at these occasions, then he has forfeited his chance of introducing it. Note that pieces and pawns are allowed to move before the extra pawn has been dropped.
Standard chess is included as an option, thereby maintaining the historical connection. In a tournament, by way of the initial voting procedure, players can decide to play a traditional game. It is a difficult strategical question whether one should wait, or immediately make use of the drop move to advance a centre pawn two steps, thereby also creating an extra centre pawn. But dropping the extra pawn on the king- or queen file could block the development of the bishop. Waiting has its obvious advantages, although the alternative positions where the pawn can be dropped will become fewer and fewer.
The extra pawn can only be introduced at occasions when a pawn on the second rank moves two steps.
• You can download my free Extrapawn Chess program here (updated 2010-02-18), but you must own the software Zillions of Games to be able to run it (I recommend the download version).
• You can play Extrapawn Chess online here.
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© M. Winther, 2010 February