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  1. 11 Sep '12 12:41
    I've always thought it would be cool if they changed the rules so that when you ##'d their King, you got to actually take it (like any other piece) and *keep it*. Just like in the (mostly) kids game, Marbles.
    Along w/the regular sets, players would have to carry around a bunch of Kings of varying values. What King you put up was actually part of the stakes. Sure, you could use the cheapies that are part of most tourney sets when you didn't want to risk much or were playing offhand or tourney-only games, but you could have them made from various materials, of various designs & sizes, all the way up to some really expensive, looking ones engraved w/your name for Candidate's Matches & World Championships or even Challenge Matches. Sort of like scalping your enemy. You'd have to play to win it back.
    I imagine there'd be some that once won, would never see circulation again. I mean, who's going to risk losing a Tal/Fischer/Kasparov/Kramnik King once won? Unless you're a gentleman and put it up against the original owner...
    I'd even forsee trading and selling of these items, both for their monetary value, and more likely, the intrinsic value of the original holder, if deignated on the piece.
    Please hold the insults. I know I've got problems...
  2. 11 Sep '12 13:15 / 1 edit
    This is a super idea.

    But why stop at Kings. Why not keep everything you take.

    You go to a weekend tourney with 32 brand new pieces and you return
    home with just one pawn. I love this idea.

    It reminds me of a true story. I'll change the name of the clubs because I
    am not 100% sure who was involved and who started it.

    In Scotland most clubs all play with the same plastic weighted set.
    They all come from Chess Suppliers Scotland they are identical.

    St Cuthberts Chess Club were missing a white Knight from one of their sets
    so one enterprising St. Cuthbert's player nicked a White Knight from Salisbury C.C.
    They in turn took a white Knight from Juniper C.C.

    Juniper C.C. also play in a different chess league outside of Edinburgh
    so one player was told to nick a Knight from Fauldhouse C.C.
    (thus removing the curse of the missing Knight from Edinburgh and placing
    it in the Central League of Scotland.)

    The lad as instructed duly stole a Knight. A Black Knight!
    So Edinburgh continued nicking White Knights from each other, the Central
    league were now nicking Black Knights from each other.

    Chess Suppliers now supply a box of spare pieces. (25p per piece) at
    their bookstall. Since then this method of winning a piece has ceased.
  3. 11 Sep '12 13:19
    Can you imagine the amalgam of sets that people would be playing with if your idea was true? Pretty funny picture...
  4. 11 Sep '12 14:24
    I'd turn up with the most hideous set you have ever seen.
    Nobody would take any of my pieces!
  5. 11 Sep '12 14:36
    Originally posted by greenpawn34
    I'd turn up with the most hideous set you have ever seen.
    Nobody would take any of my pieces!
    ...therefore, you'd have a tougher time getting a game. But, if it was Keep Kings Only, and you had a nicely carved one, or an expensive marble or steel one, well then, games would be easy to come by. But they'd have to put up a nice K themselves...
  6. 11 Sep '12 15:21 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by greenpawn34
    But why stop at Kings.
    Agreed.

    YouTube

    (Very bad manners, by the way)
  7. Standard member RJHinds
    The Near Genius
    11 Sep '12 15:21 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by greenpawn34
    This is a super idea.

    But why stop at Kings. Why not keep everything you take.

    You go to a weekend tourney with 32 brand new pieces and you return
    home with just one pawn. I love this idea.

    It reminds me of a true story. I'll change the name of the clubs because I
    am not 100% sure who was involved and who started it.

    In Scotland most clubs es. (25p per piece) at
    their bookstall. Since then this method of winning a piece has ceased.
    Perhaps you might reconsider ignoring the point system in that kind of chess.
  8. Standard member RJHinds
    The Near Genius
    11 Sep '12 15:27
    Originally posted by greenpawn34
    I'd turn up with the most hideous set you have ever seen.
    Nobody would take any of my pieces!
    Are yo referring to some of those Eiffel Tower Chess Pieces?
  9. 11 Sep '12 15:30
    Originally posted by RJHinds
    Perhaps you might reconsider ignoring the point system in that kind of chess.
    Right, I'd rather win any old (signed) Queen from Nakamura vs. winning a bejeweled King from, say, me.