STRATEGY

In Chexi, the strategy will adjust with each game option. With each option, though, the following mathematical probabilities will apply:

  • You or your opponent rolling a desired piece: ~42%
  • Rolling any DOUBLE: ~42%
  • Escaping check Check in three rolls: ~80.6%
  • Rolling a specific DOUBLE: ~6.94%

STANDARD CHEXI (ONE BONUS ROLL PER TURN, ALL MOVES ARE DICE-BASED, STANDARD CHESS STARTING POSITION)

The strategy is to free all the pieces, not only to allow all pieces to move but also to take advantage of bonus rolls. Advancing both the King and Rook will ensure all pieces can move. For the same reasons, try not to lose your Bishops, Knights, and Rooks. With regards to having just a single Queen, it may be advisable to hold her back for the later stages.

Shadow piece

In all versions, beware of the opponent’s pawns when advancing the major pieces as bonus rolls from double pawns could prove deadly.

Always be willing to pass the dice if no advantageous move is available. Do not move a piece for the sake of moving.

Always look to take advantage of bonus rolls, unless an alternate move is clearly more beneficial. In cases when a bonus roll allows a player to directly attack an opponent’s piece, the mathematical probabilities favor the attack.

The opponent’s Queen, for example, should always be attacked when gaining a bonus roll as the math is always in favor of the attacker. For example, if rolling a double Bishop allows you to attack the opponent’s Queen, you will have a ~42.13% chance of rolling a Bishop to capture the Queen. If you fail, the opponent will have a ~42.13% chance to roll a Queen and capture your Bishop.

When the opponent has an overall advantage in a specific game, look for opportunities to place the opponent in Check. Although the opponent has a ~92.52% chance from being diced out, it’s an opportunity for a lucky win.

ADVANCED PAWNS

Starting a game with advanced pawns tends to require a different strategy, as all pieces can move from the outset. It may also lead to a quicker game as players tend to be more aggressive with their options.

king and queen

Always look to take advantage of bonus rolls, unless an alternate move is more beneficial. In cases when a bonus roll allows a player to directly attack an opponent’s piece, the mathematical probabilities favor the attack.

Losing king

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CHEXI TWIST

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The TWIST option offers increased strategy through the alternating play between chess moves and dice moves. The ratio between the two is flexible. The higher the ratio of chess moves for every dice move, the more the strategy is increased. The higher the ratio of dice moves versus chess moves, the higher the luck factor.

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