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  1.  Atomic Chess Theoreticians
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  3. Atomic King of the Hill

In a typical opening line when the dust settles black will be down a pawn or a piece, on the other hand black pawns will be typically pushed forward as they defend against white's threats ( white has the piece play and black has to react with pawn play ). So many times we see endgames where white can queen a single pawn advantage and black king runs toward the white king to get in contact ( at least to delay mate ).

Atomic King of the Hill would provide a chance for black despite its ( unavoidable ) material disadvantage.

Instead of queening, white could use the time to win by KOTH, once he is materially ahead (taking a positional advantage instead) so I don't think it would really add chances for black (unless only black can win by KOTH).

It would be an interesting variant, adding (yet more) depth to early-endgame play. I'm thinking in particular of the somewhat popular 1. Nf3 f6 2. e3 e6 3. Nd4 c6 4. Nb5 cxb5 5. Qh5+ g6 6. Qb5 c6 7. Qb6 axb6 8. Bb5 Kf7 9. Bxd7 Rxa2 line/starting position, I would like black's chances in this variant.

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