How about the manufacturer shipping the game with no pawns, then requiring you to pay to get the pawns shipped?
Then in the next update they nerf the queen to move like the king, but if you pay, she can move like a regular queen again.
Chess is a game with integrity when played correctly. The rules dont change for folks with fat wallets. Game balance circumvention isnt sold in the chess store. The long term plan to keep chess a past time was a good one. Maintain the integrity and quality of the game.