Leapfrog Chess

introducing the hopping pawn

Chess board, initial position

The pawn functions like a regular pawn except that it can leap over any man in its initial two-step move. En-passant is not allowed if a pawn has made a jump. Otherwise this variant is like regular chess. This minimal rule change creates many new possibilities in opening and middle game. You can delay the movement of the c- and f-pawn by placing a knight before it. A knight pawn can now attack even if it is blocked.

  You can download my free Leapfrog Chess program here, (updated 2008-03-30) but you must own the software Zillions of Games to be able to run it (I recommend the download version).

  Don't miss my other chess variants.

© M. Winther (March 2008).