Crown Prince Chess
By Matthew Chrzaszcz and Derek Mota
Paul DeWitte writes:
Hi Tony, Fergus, et al:
I have another chess variant developed by a couple of my students
This chess variant was developed by members of the Notre Dame Chess
Club in Kitchener, Ontario.
The game uses the standard 8X8, 64-cell board.
This variant uses most of the standard chess pieces, set up in their
standard opening positions as regular chess, except for one difference.
White has a crown prince that begins the game at b1, and black has a
crown prince that begins at g8. Each player, then, has only one knight
at the start of the game.
Standard FIDE chess pieces, possessing their regular moves, are used in
this game, except for one difference. The crown prince is a piece that
moves in exactly the same way that the king does; however, the crown
prince can neither capture nor be captured. The crown prince can
block and be blocked by other pieces.
A player can win in one of two ways. A player can win in the
traditional way, i.e. by mating his opponents king, or a player can
win by being the first person to move his crown prince to his
opponents end rank.
Castling is permitted. Pawns promote to any piece except the crown
prince. En passant captures are legal.
Standard chess pieces are used. One knight per side can be slightly
modified to represent a crown prince.