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Subject: Rules differences: Chess Cards vs. Chex rss

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Dan Blum
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The rules in the original version of the game, titled Chess Cards, appear to have been significantly changed in the later version, titled Chex - at least, they do based on the published Chess Cards rules and the summarized Chex rules linked to in another thread here (I don't own Chex).

In the original version, the playing area could only grow to a maximum of 8x8 - you could not make a play that created more than 8 rows or columns. However, the rows and columns were not fixed - i.e., you could create an 8th column on your left by moving a piece into it, then move the piece in it to your right to create a new 8th column there. You could also not make a play which created an 8-row board with a pawn in its own first row.

This was all necessary in order to have the rules for two-space pawn movement (allowed any time that a pawn was provably on its second row), en passant captures of other pawns (when using the two-space movement, of course), and pawn promotion, which was allowed any time that a pawn was provably on its 8th row. The rules indicated that castling was also permitted but did not explain this in detail.

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