What is Atomic chess?
Atomic chess is a variant of the game of chess that is characterized by the ability to capture an opponent’s pieces by exploding them. The game is named after the concept of atomic explosions and is intended to add an element of excitement and risk to the traditional game of chess.
The rules of atomic chess are similar to those of traditional chess, with a few key differences. The first difference is that when a player captures an opponent’s piece, the capturing piece and all adjacent pieces (friend or foe) are also removed from the board. This means that capturing a piece can lead to a chain reaction of captures, potentially wiping out multiple pieces at once.
Another difference is that pawns promote on the 8th rank to a bomb that can only be captured by explosion, this makes the pawns promotion much more important and strategic.
A third difference is that stalemate is considered a win for the stalemating player, this makes the players to be careful to not let their pieces to be trapped.
To play atomic chess, players start with the standard chess setup, with pawns on the second rank and pieces on the first rank. Players take turns moving their pieces according to the standard chess rules. When a player captures an opponent’s piece, the capturing piece and all adjacent pieces are removed from the board. If a player’s king is captured, that player loses the game.
It is important to note that in atomic chess, it is possible to sacrifice a piece in order to capture more valuable pieces in the resulting explosion. This adds a new level of strategy to the game, as players must weigh the potential benefits and drawbacks of capturing a piece.
- e4 e52. Nf3 Nc63. Bc4 Nf64. d3 d65. Bg5 Be76. Nc3 O-O7. O-O h68. Bh4 Bxh49. Qxh4 Nxe4
In this example, White has captured the knight on e4, and in doing so, has also captured the black pawn on d6, the black rook on h8, and the black bishop on e7. This results in a significant advantage for White, as they have removed multiple pieces from Black’s side of the board.