User:Sentriclecub/Gothic Chess openings middlegame and endgame
In regular chess, the way in which games start out is loosely referred to as opening theory. Chess openings are typically named after their founder, the country of their origin, or by the features of the position.
In Gothic Chess, due to the increased number of pieces, the number of possible board positions increases at a rate greater than in regular chess. For example, the total number of possible Gothic Chess games after four moves for white, and four replies for black, is 1.5×1012. In chess, this total is only 8.5×1010.
This has hindered the development of opening theory in Gothic Chess, but many common tabiyas do occur. There are some openings in Gothic Chess that have been named so far. These are: Trice's Gambit, the Colanzi Opening, the Quagga, and the Philadelphia Opening.[verification needed]
Typically, in Gothic Chess, knights can be naturally developed to the third rank and toward the center of the board. Pawn pushes can open up lines for bishops, and bishops may also be developed via fianchetto. As in chess, it is common practice to develop the minor pieces before developing the major pieces.
Unlike in ordinary chess, center pawn pushes (especially the E pawn) must be treated with care to avoid exposing the king too much. The opening strategy of "controlling the center" takes on a different feel because of this dynamic.
The principles of chess middlegame play apply in Gothic Chess. However, because there is more material than in regular chess and because of increased attacking possibilities, most theorists conclude that having a material advantage per se is less important in Gothic Chess.[verification needed] Concordantly, king safety and piece activity rise in relative importance, which makes the game more dynamic.
Arguably, there are more opportunities to sacrifice material to gain a positional advantage or to expose the enemy king. For example, in this game, two minor pieces are exchanged for two pawns which later results in a win for white.
The principles of chess endgame apply in Gothic Chess. With the two new pieces, several new endgame positions arise, such as chancellor vs. chancellor with several pawns each or archbishop and pawns vs. queen and pawns. These endgames are somewhat similar to queen and pawn endgames, where the dominant theme is for the strong side to avoid perpetual check and achieve a pawn promotion.
- Ed Trice. "Number of games of Gothic Chess after n plies plus number of games that terminate (i.e. mate) in fewer than n plies". The On-Line Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences.
- Albert Bertilson. "Perft calculation".
- "Gothic Chess Review", Fall 2003
- "Gothic Chess Review", Winter 2004