Learn the rules to the Chess variant: Atomic Chess quickly and concisely – This video has no distractions, just the rules. For a refresher of the original Chess rules, check out this video:
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The object of the game is to checkmate or blow up the enemy king. Whenever a piece is captured, a 3 by 3 “explosion” one the captured space occurs. This explosion removes all pieces in its range, except for pawns, including the capturing piece. If you blow up your opponent’s king you immediately win. The ability to blow up the enemy’s king is considered the same as blocking a check or capturing the attacking piece in regular chess. A player therefore, is allowed to escape what would be a checkmate in regular chess by blowing up the enemy king.
Because the piece performing a capture is also blown up, kings are not allowed to capture. This allows situations where unprotected pieces can deliver checkmate. You are not allowed to blow up both kings simultaneously. You are allowed to move your king into check so long as your king lands on a space next to your opponent’s king. Any situation that where 1 player’s king is forever next to their opponent’s king results in a draw.
Pawns can only be removed from the board when they are directly involved in a capture. In that case, both pieces are removed as well as any others caught in the blast. For en passant [on passon] the explosion happens around the space where the capturing pawn lands.