I was playing Crazyhouse online on Lichess and I wondered how to play OTB, namely how to change the color of a captured piece.

I came up with 2 methods.

  1. Exchange the captured piece for another of a separate chess set, picking the opposite color.

  2. Pieces are 2d cards, with the Black version of the piece on one side and White on the other.]3

Does anyone know better methods?

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    Quick dry paint? I think you have already provided the two easiest options. The second one is essentially what happens with Reversi/Othello pieces, which have a white and a black side.
    – Glorfindel
    Sep 18, 2016 at 19:41
  • Usually I find it is best to just play Crazyhouse online... And play Bughouse IRL, which, in my opinion, is way more fun. Nov 6, 2016 at 4:35

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Shogi also called "Japanese Chess" use the crazyhouse mechanics as well. They have one-colored (flat) pieces that always face in one direction. If you capture a piece and bring it back into play you just let it face towards your opponent.

  • That's actually another different way than I proposed! Interesting possibility. Feb 10, 2017 at 14:03
  • I agree shogi like pieces can be a solution to play OTB ZH. Oct 30, 2020 at 6:37

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