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What is Bughouse?
Bughouse chess is a variant that is played by 4 players – two teams of two players each. Players in the same team play opposite colors and when they capture their opponent’s piece on the board, the player can pass the captured piece to his/her partner.
The partner can keep that piece reserved for later. At any point during the game, they can place the reserve piece on the board (called “dropping” a piece) and use it to their advantage. Sounds fun, isn’t it!
Bughouse is an interesting and fun variant of the chess game that helps promote the game on a scholastic level.
Unlike standard chess, bughouse is more fun and casual, so there is not much pressure on the child. It is great for beginners as they learn the value of different pieces in different positions. The variant attracts kids easily and their involvement in the game is uplifted.
Teamwork for kids
It helps children work in teams since they have to communicate with their partners. This interactive group setting instills teamwork and encourages them to work with their partners.
Engages scholastic players
It is a great way to promote the game amongst the scholastic players. It helps them both in having fun and in learning something of value. It keeps them engaged which is the key to make progress in the game.
Improves tactical vision
The scope of chess tactics in the bughouse is extremely huge as the players can drop their reserve pieces on the board at any time. It helps them be tactically aware. It also teaches them about the power of initiative, which is a great learning for scholastic players for their standard chess games.