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Mini Chess is a simplified, modern variant of the classic Chess. Played on a 5 x 5 board, with fewer pieces (one rook, knight and bishop and 5 pawns), each game can be played in minutes. Castling and pawn double-move are not allowed. Players have the option to face off against AI with 3 levels of difficulty. The game combines the fun and convenience of other play-while-you-wait games with intellectual stimulation of real Chess and is also a great way to introduce kids to the basics of Chess. This fast paced game is a perfect take on the timeless classic for our fast paced world.
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Impossible to beat even on the easiest difficulty. The game also always forces you to start which puts you at a disadvantage. It runs nicely on my watch but I have lost every single game I’ve played
Update: (Added a star) Developer responded with proof that you can beat the game even if you start every time. It would be even better if the difference between the difficulties was even more substantial.
Developer Response ,
If you are playing white you are not in a disadvantage. Mehdi Mhalla and Frederic Prost weakly solved Gardner minichess in 2013 and proved the game-theoretic value to be a draw (https://arxiv.org/abs/1307.7118).
This game is so hard and I play chess at a very high level. I thought it was cool to have chess on my Apple Watch but I haven’t won a single game on “Novice” and “Expert”. Hopefully future updates make it more fun.
Really fun on watch
I love this game. Chess has always been so intimidating to me. This is much more approachable. I can confirm you can win pretty often. So the arxiv reference in the other review proves that starting first has the same advantage as not? Wasn’t Gardner’s mini chess slightly different than this?
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