Chess games are exciting, but what if I told you that there is another kind of chess game played in an entirely different way. It’s a wholly different setup from regular chess. That’s right; you’re not looking at a board with two equal sides, and you’re not even looking at a panel with three or more chess pieces. You’re playing a game called Flop Chess, and you’re playing a game that looks like a game of conventional chess, but in fact, it’s an entirely different game.
The Closed Game and the Open Game appear very similar on the surface, yet the underlying rule differences are profound. The most obvious difference comes from the distribution of the Pawns on the board. In Open Games, your Pawns are protected by your Queen from the beginning, as the entire D-Pawn chain covers it. So, all your D-Pawns are safely contained within their color range, preventing them from being moved into any of your opponent’s colored fields.
This same basic principle applies to the placement of your Rook and your King and Racket, in that they too are protected by the entire D-Pawn chain from the beginning. What makes this so different, though, is that you can have a Rook and a King that are both on opposite sides of the board! This is called a Closed Position. Having a King and a Rook in a Closed position is called a Closed Position in conventional chess, but in the Flop, Flopook and a King can be in the open – a Closed Position in chess is called a Rook Chest.
Having a Rook and a King in a Closed position, however, is a tactical Defend. Simply put, your goal is to prevent your opponent from making anything on the flop. Flora word: you are trying to avoid the other team from getting two free pips! This is one of the more advanced chess tactics that players with more experience can successfully use. Still, it is not advisable to start trying to implement this tactic without adequate knowledge. For those who lack the background, you should consider forming a rook and bishop pair, with your Rook protecting the middle of the board and your bishop on the outside.
Let’s assume that we now know the difference between a Rook and a Bishop and between a Rook and a King. What if we know that there is only one other player on the table using these same three pieces? Then anyone out there reading this article is probably still new to the world of chess. But don’t worry; I am about to tell you the most basic strategy anyone can use against anyone else, which is to play the “x” factor. If you have never played the x-factor, it means that you will position your piece (Rook or Bishop or Queen) on the edge of the board next to an opponent’s piece.
Now, let’s say that we have already played the “x” factor and that you are using it to take down the other person’s king! That is fine, but what if that opponent has a piece that is even stronger than your king? We just discussed how powerful Rooks and Bishops are but what if they are on the opposite sides of the board from your Rook and your Queen? Suddenly, your knight, now uselessly, becomes a potent tool!
Another standard tactical move that I often make is to position my pieces on the flanks. This means that I am not trying to take control of the board’s center but rather protect the edges. This makes me very useful in open and closed games. It makes my Rooks and Bishops into powerful defensive units that can take out many Knights that attack from the flanks!