So reading through the Internet, it's been a surprise to realize that no one else seems to be using the Move first, kill first
convention that I've used for decades. Is that really the case? Or, has someone else played like this?
To clarify, under Move first, kill first
, after any piece moves:
- any surrounded pieces on the enemy side are killed, and then
- any surrounded pieces on its own side are killed.
This means any piece (king or otherwise) can enter a space where it would ordinarily die, but, if it can kill those enemies who would be surrounding it, then it does, and survives on the space.
For example, a situation like...
would allow white to move a man into the blank _ square, killing the man to the left, and then become...