Re is the very short name of a game, invented by the games
designer Dr Reiner Knizia. It is mentioned in The Encyclopedia of Chess Variants
as one of the best chess variants for face to face play. Pritchard
quotes the April 1994 number of Spielbox.
The game is played on a 5 by 5 board. When the game starts, the board is
Each player has one king, one queen, two rooks, two knights, two
bishops, and two pawns.
Pieces move as in orthodox chess, with the following modifications: the
king can be taken as a normal piece, and hence can be left in check,
etc; pawns do not promote: a pawn on the last row just stays there until
it is taken; pieces can only move when they capture.
Each turn, a player can do one of the following three things:
So, each piece is put exactly once on the board. The game ends when both
players have passed directly after each other (i.e., after a `pass;
pass'), or when all pieces of a player have been taken (so, this player also
has no pieces anymore `in hand').
- Put one of his pieces (not yet put into play) on an empty square.
- Make a capture with one of his pieces.
- Pass. This may be done only when the player has put all his pieces
on the board.
At the end of the game, points are counted: 3 points for each king or
queen, two points for each rook, knight, or bishop, and one point for
each pawn. Each player counts the total number of points for the pieces
he has taken, and the player with the largest number of points wins the
game: the `score' is the difference between the point totals.
Re-2: a variant
A variant of this game, which is, according to Pritchard more skillful is
This game is similar to Re, with the following difference: one may not
take any piece of the opponent before all ones pieces have been put on
Written by Hans Bodlaender.
WWW page created: November 18, 1996.