In this chess variant, the number of moves made both chess players are 1 & 2 alternatively. Here is a showing of it.

White Black

1 2

2 1

1 2

2 1

1 2

2 1

Is this a good chess variation, strategically speaking? Could this lead to new ideas and complexity in the game?

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    What happens if a player gives check on first of his two moves?
    – B.Swan
    Commented Jul 28, 2020 at 18:21
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    @PrashantAkerkar what if only legal moves are checks ?
    – AKP2002
    Commented Jul 29, 2020 at 4:07
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    Does chess really need more complexity?
    – Annatar
    Commented Jul 29, 2020 at 12:21
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    The rules to this game, particularly involving checks, are a bit confusing. It would be extremely helpful if you could provide an example game that illustrates exactly how the rules work.
    – DongKy
    Commented Jul 29, 2020 at 14:49
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    In any case, I think the game will get a lot more defensive as all pawns and pieces have a hugely increased area of influence and one has to tread very carefully to not lose anything to "hit-and-run raids".
    – Annatar
    Commented Jul 30, 2020 at 8:12

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Continuous legal moves given by the player as checks could be 1,2 or more. The checks are not counted as moves. Once the checks are completed, the player will make a single or two moves depending upon his turn which are not check moves.

If I'm understanding this correctly, this seems very degenerate and an easy win for white after 1. e3. No matter what black does for their two moves, it white should be able to play either 2. Qf3 & Qxf7+ OR 2. Qh5 & Qxf7+ OR 2. Qg4 & Qxd7+. Checks don't count as moves, so it is still white's turn. So, white's queen simply gobbles up black's entire queenside with checks: Qxe7, Qxd8, Qxc8, Qxb8, Qxa8. A further continuation (still on white's move) could be Qd8 Qe7 Qf7 Qxf8 Qxg8 Qxh8, gobbling up the entire kingside. Since queens are so powerful (due to the checks aren't moves rule) and black no longer has one (and is also down massive amounts of material), white should be able to win with minimal effort from here.

  • In this chess variation, White & Black has equal chances of winning. When White plays 2 moves, Black plays only 1 move. Next time, White plays 1 move, Black has two moves. So its a equal chance for both. Do you feel the check moves should be considered as 1 or 2? Remember When There is a check by one player, the other player (opponent) responds to it. Commented Jul 29, 2020 at 14:27
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    Maybe I don't fully understand the rules. After white plays 1. e3, suppose black plays 1... a6 and h6. As I understand them, checks don't count as moves. Is it legal for white to then play, all in a row before black can do anything: 2. Qf3 Qxf7+ Qxe7+ Qxd7+ Qxd8+ Qxc8+ Qxb8+ Qxa8+ Qd8+ Qe7+ Qxf8+ Qxg8+ Qxh8+ Qxh6? White has only played two non-check moves: namely Qf3 and Qxh6. Now it is black's turn and black only has a king and four pawns left.
    – DongKy
    Commented Jul 29, 2020 at 14:36
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    No. To a check, opponent will respond to it. There cannot be multiple checks at once. A check given by a player will be responded by the opponent immediately. Commented Jul 29, 2020 at 14:39
  • Ah. The response rule was not clear....
    – DongKy
    Commented Jul 29, 2020 at 14:50
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    @PrashantAkerkar what makes you think both players have equal chances of winning under your ruleset?
    – David
    Commented Jul 30, 2020 at 6:42

If you want a complex game that involves strategies similar to ordinary chess and yet is humanly playable, see this post where I explain a couple of meta-heuristics in creating very complex chess variants. But a very simple 2-move variant goes as follows:

  1. On a player's turn, he/she can make up to 2 moves without a capture or make a single capture, but check ends the turn.

  2. To balance the game, White can only make 1 move on the first turn.

  3. The player must not be in check after each move even halfway through the turn.

You can do the same to other chess-like games such as Chinese chess, and the resulting games can be really interesting, much more than ordinary chess is!

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