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Chips & Chess October 3, 2012

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Roulette Chess at the World Chess Hall of Fame

Chess and chance are in the air. Cardplayer just published my “Poker Player’s Guide to Chess Gambling.” I led with the famous “$50,000 game” between my brother and Tom Dwan. I moved on to chess-poker hybrids from poker chess to roulette chess to Chinese Poker Chess (see video below!). I also wrote a piece on chess and chance for the STL Beacon on my way to a roulette chess performance at the World Chess Hall of Fame. If you have any thoughts on betting on bishops, comment or tweet at me.


1. Mike - October 10, 2012

Hi Jennifer,

Great site. I’m learning things about both Chess and Poker that I didn’t know. I like the way you’re messing around with Chess Poker variants too. I had an idea I’ve not seen anyone describe before, so I’m putting it here before I forget.

Basically I’m working with a common theme – that capturing a piece in chess is not a certainty – instead the outcome is determined by a poker hand, with an advantage to the attacker. What is different about this variant is that each poker hand can extend over the length of several (4) chess moves, and only when a player attempts to capture an opponent’s piece does the outcome of the poker hand count.

The way it would work is best demonstrated by example: (This is assuming no pieces are being captured) On white’s move, both players are dealt two hole cards. On black’s move, the flop is dealt. On white’s next move, the turn is dealt. On black’s move, the river is dealt. If neither player attempts to capture a piece in this time, the cards are discarded and the cycle repeats, starting with white’s next move.

If either player wants to capture on their move, they show their intention by moving the aggressor piece to share the square of the target piece. At this point the poker hand in progress is played through to completion as if both players were “all in”, regardless of what point it is up to in the cycle (you would likely choose to delay an attack if you didn’t think you could win the poker hand). There are no chips in the poker round, but when a player shows intention to capture, that player may also raise the stakes by asking for one extra card to add to their two hole cards, such that their hand is the best 5 out of 8.

There are three possible outcomes to this: 1) The aggressor (with or without the extra card) wins the poker hand, and capture proceeds as normal, with the target piece removed from the board. 2) The aggressor elects not to take the extra card, loses the poker hand, and both pieces remain on the board in their previous positions (this is equivalent to folding, and prompts the dealing of new hole cards, but costs the aggressor a turn). 3) The aggressor takes the extra card, and still loses the poker hand. In this case, the attacking piece is removed from the board and the target piece remains in place.

If follows that if white was the aggressor, it is on black’s next turn that the hole cards are dealt to each player. I’m planning to play this with a friend soon, but I thought I’d put the idea up since you’re interested in things like this :)

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