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Duck Chess


Duck Chess is a chess variant invented by Dr. Tim Paulden in 2016. The game follows most regular chess rules but adds a dynamic component to the mix: a rubber duck that both players can move. The Duck blocks the square it's on, making it impossible for pieces to move to that square or through it. The duck creates a lot of new tactical possibilities (often called "quacktics") by unpinning pieces, blocking defenders, trapping pieces, and more. Duck Chess went viral in 2022 after popular content creator IM Eric Rosen played the variant on his stream. Other famous streamers like GM Hikaru Nakamura, WFM Anna Cramling, IM Levy Rozman, and more followed suit, further increasing the game's popularity. The duck has to move every turn.

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