9 NEW Chess Modes/Variants || AlphaZero and Vladimir Kramnik

On the rest day of the 9LX Champions Showdown from the St Louis Chess Club, GothamChess breaks down the AlphaZero new chess variants and plays a game in Torpedo mode. FULL ARTICLE + PUBLISHED PAPER BELOW.



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  1. Very first example black could and should respond with en pissant

  2. Far too many ppl have never heard of Dark Crazy Screen chess; where you can set up your army of pieces wherever you like in your half of the chessboard, and your opponents pieces locations are hidden until one of your pieces threatens its attack square. It's like a great combination of Chess with Stratego. I wanna see Chess.com adapt and implement it.

  3. Just gave this a rewatch as I am getting into variants. Amazing what 8 months can do, Mr. 1 Million subs. 🙂

  4. A variant where a queen could move like a knight would be very interesting

  5. 6:55 how about bxd7 then if Knight takes the pawn will move two squares and fork the Bishop and the Knight

  6. 2:08 b6 is actually a terrible move… Black is still winning. Google en passant 😂

  7. I think I'd like to see a "tackle pawn" mode, where pawns can attack forward in a sense. You can use a move to stun a piece in front of your pawn. It will not be able to move for your opponent's next two turns, or possibly just one.

  8. When you realize a British guy name is indian (Gotham) proud to be Indian

  9. I think chess.com should also introduce the Spartan chess variant, it is hard but it completely changes the play style.

  10. In torpedo chess whats the rule on en passanting pawns that already promoted

  11. Wat if there was a girafe piece?
    It would kill like a rook,but move like a king,and its kill would not need it to move. Basicaly, swing neck.

    Wat if there was a zebra?
    Zebra would be able to move like a queen,even jumping pieces,but can only kill like a king. And can jump one piece only, so a 2 piece wall would stop it.

    A crossbow piece?
    Cant move but can kill like a horse.

    Tho, youd need more space for that amount of pieces… So would it be 16×16??

    Interesting things to think about.

  12. 4 player opens up a huge set of possibility and I don't think we have scratched the surface.

  13. I can’t play normal Chess worth a damn … so I’m watching this after a video on how to play Shogi … 👍🏼😎👍🏼😏

  14. My favorite chess variant in general is Fog of War. It's just so different from regular chess, yet exactly the same.

  15. The most interesting is the fog of war. As one needs to guess opponent's move 😀😀

  16. To me, knights are worth more than bishops, it's hard to look forward at a Knights move and you can put 2 or more pieces in danger with a knight, you can put the king in check while simultaneously putting their queen or rook in check too

  17. In torpedo chess, can you en passant the torpedoing piece?

  18. 3:21 "Pawns sideways" looks like a bad rule change. It means that isolated pawns and doubled pawns aren't sych drawbacks any more, and the whole notion of "pawn structure" is utterly changed.

  19. Most chess variants make stuff more powerful. I'd like to see a variant which replaces queens with weather pieces. Queens are too powerful for the 8×8 board. Perhaps B+N (Princess/janus) or N+K. Or Q but limited to 2 steps.

  20. Some more ideas: (each one is a separate variant)
    1. No en pasasnt. Passar battaglia!
    2. Stalemating wins. If it's your move but you have no move within the rules, you lose.
    3. Free castling on your back rank. Just so long as the K isn't in check and doesn't pass through check and you obey all the other rules.

  21. my favorite variant would have to be penultima. it's so chaotic and so fun but you need 8 people to play it properly and also i'm pretty sure it's impossible to actually make digital version that isn't just like, a visualizer that lets you freely drag pieces around the board.

  22. King of the hill is the most fun to me

  23. Kramnik is a very uneducated person, and so are you.

    Already in Chinese Chess.

    No castling.
    Pawns move only 1 square.
    Pawns move horizontally, and vertically.
    Stalemate = win

    And Queen moves like the old Vizier, 1 square diagonally.
    And Elephant moves the old school way, 2 squares diagonally.
    And no promotion, like the original Indian Chess.

    Chinese Chess is essentially the Old Indian chess in the slowness of the movement.

    Why change from slow pawn to faster pawn back to slow pawn?
    Same with castling. Why change it back to the Indian chess?

    I invented the concept of bi-athon chess. 5 games of Western Chess and 5 games of Chinese chess for the championship.

  24. Self capture does not make sense. Think of chess as a human body. You cannot choose to dislocate your arm and fight on. Only reptiles can sacrifice a limb to get away from a predator, because they can grow it back.

  25. Torpedo pawn is redundant.

    In Chinese Chess, after crossing the river, the pawn is essentially a Mini-Me rook.

    You already have a rook. You have to balance between fast and slow, between a pawn and a rook.

    That's like Pickle ball, a retarded half way between ping-pong and tennis.

  26. Kramnik doesn't make sense.

    How to improve chess? Hmm.

    Make the pawn slower, like original Indian chess.
    Make the pawn faster.


    That's the definition of schizophrenia.

  27. What if I tell you that none of the thousands of variants have surpassed the current rules in popularity?

    When you have the best, you can forget the rest.

  28. In that first example, isnt b6 a bad move? Because black can en passent en still be in the same winning situation, right?

  29. My favorite variant is king👑 of the hill🗻

  30. all of this is overrated just keep the normal way

  31. In the description of torpedo chess it says you can make en passant capture anywhere on the board so black is still winning in the first position

  32. Freedom chess
    My version of chess
    It has no extra pieces
    Pawns are all directional
    Water and border it's a much but still simple
    I think it's obviously greatest version
    No op no up

  33. I'm somewhat partial to 'Idiot King' chess which I saw on Chess Whiz TV: on any turn where the king can legally move forward one square, it must; otherwise play normally. A piece sacrifice in front of the enemy king can sometimes be devasatingly powerful if it prevents the enemy from doing anything useful on the next few turns.

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