The game is played utilizing 46 squares of a chessboard, and new unique pieces, all of which can be represented by the standard pieces.
The game situation is a prison with two opposing sides, each of which tries to either checkmate the opposing king, or to enable its king to escape by reaching the squares a4 or a5 safely. A king cannot flee the prison if the escape squares are controlled by the opposing piece (i.e. the king can be captured), so even though the two squares a4 and a5 are not occupied by any piece, they play an important part in the game.
Start Position for white. (black mirrors white)
Flying Bomber on a1
Knight on b1
Ninja Guards on c1, f1
Ice Queen on d1
King on e1
pawns from a2-e2
In this position black must move the king away by one step because white is threatening checkmate with: e5-e6 or e5-f6. White cannot play e5-d6 because its Ice Queen will become frozen. Note that black's best move is e7-d8. This move is NOT illegal since the pawn is frozen and cannot attack the king.
Black on the other hand has frozen both the flying bomber at c5 and the pawn at c7. In addition to the checkmate threat, white has imposed a strange pinning predicament on black.
If the ice queen takes the flying bomber than white can promote the pawn. Similarly, if the ice queen captures the pawn then white flying bomber can capture the ice queen at c7.
The Ice Queen was inspired by Sub-Zero of Mortal Kombat. In the famous arcade game, this shady character would freeze his enemy to ice, and then shatter his enemy to pieces with a strike.On a more humorous note, the Ice Queen bears some resemblance to the infamous Tonya Harding, an ice skater who hired a henchman to take out the knees of her rival Nancy Kerrigan.
The Ninja Guard on d4 can capture all the pieces in the diagram.
It can capture the pawn on b6 by jumping over the knight at c5.
It can capture the knight on c3 by moving to c3 or by jumping over the knight and landing on b2.
It can capture the rook on e5 by moving to e5 or it can capture both the rook and the pawn by jumping over to f6.
*The flying bomber's shape resembles a bat, hence the iconographic symbols used. However, the flying bomber is also referred to as the "Bird" - a common nickname given to fighter planes. The choice of name is left to the player.
The flying bomber's odd combination of long-range and short-range moves makes it a deadly weapon against an unsuspecting opponent.Standard Move:
Special Move: the Helicopter LandingThis is a special maneuver that enables the bird to fly over the adjacent square, (jumping over, if occupied by friendly piece or eliminating if occupied by enemy piece) and land like a helicopter on a square exactly 2 squares away, capturing if possible on this square. It can capture two pieces in this manner.
diag 1 (sideways rook rep. flying bomber)
Diag. 1: The flying bomber on f4 is posing multiple threats to black's pieces.
It is threatening to destroy the black bishop on f7 by moving f4-f8.
Using its special 2 square helicopter capability, it is threatening the black rook on d4 by moving f4-d4 (flying over its own piece and bombing/landing on d4). It cannot land on any squares beyond d4.
This same short-range prowess gives it the ability to threaten f4-h4, flying over and bombing pawn on g4 and landing/bombing rook on h4. Note that the bomber cannot move to g4 by capturing the pawn, it must eliminate both the pawn and the rook. If there was no rook on h4 then the bomber can just capture the pawn by moving f4-h4.
Note that the bird IS giving check to the king because it is exactly 2 squares away, and the bird can land on f2.
However the bird is not threatening the knight on f1 since it is more than 2 squares away and there is no empty square beyond it. If the king moves, the knight will not be under attack either.
diag 2 (sideways rook rep. flying bomber)
Diag 2: Here the Flying Bomber is hampered by Black’s Pieces.
It is not checking the king at d7 because there is no empty square behind it (and it is not exactly 2 squares away from it). The rook on d8 is pinned, because moving it would enable the king to be captured. However, the king can simply move away and the rook on d8 is not threatened because there is no empty square beyond it.
The rook on e4 is adjacent to the flying bomber and threatening it. But the Flying Bomber cannot do anything because the white pawn occupies f4 and the bomber needs an empty square after its target. If f4 was an empty square, the bomber could capture the rook, and if there was another enemy piece on f4 instead of the white pawn, then the bomber could have captured both pieces.
The Flying Bomber does attack the pawn on d2. It can fly d4-d1 OR move d4-d2 to eliminate the pawn. Because it is 2 squares away, the bomber can land on the same square as its target.
diag 3 (sideways rook rep. flying bomber)
Here the black Flying Bomber is threatening white’s pawns at d4 and a7.
However, the white bishop is defending both pawns (colored squares).
To make matters worse the bishop is also attacking the bird!
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