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Frisco Del Rosario writes about chess960, women's basketball, minor league baseball, unsupported collectible card games, lettering in comic books, and Golden Age movies

Farmer and Pigs for the Player, Parent, and Teacher 10/15/2017

My chess teacher, who was a student of the nonpareil chess teacher Cecil Purdy, used to say that chess variants  — games played with chess pieces that might include some chess elements — “make chess easier by making it harder”. He meant that chess-like games that imposed a greater number of rules and restrictions on the player resulted in a game in which winning moves are easier to find.

Farmer and Pigs is  a chess variant that uses just two units: queen and pawns. So it that respect it is simpler than chess. The winning conditions don’t require two or more pieces working together, so it’s easier than chess in that way, too.

I use Farmer and Pigs as a teaching tool. It’s a chess variant that doesn’t make chess easier by making it harder, it makes chess easier by making it easier.

Farmer and Pigs for the Player, Parent, and Teacher

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