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This page is written by the game's inventor, Gary Gifford.

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Gary Gifford wrote on 2006-10-20 UTC
Yes Peter, you are correct.  And thanks for pointing that out as many who
are new to chess variants may not be aware of non-royal kings.  

This non-Royal King is also the Joe Joyce General (from his Modern Shatranj), and the piece
undoubtably lives in many games by many names (as you point out).  Joe
Joyce recently told me, 'It [the Fighting King] is exactly the same piece
as the one in your recently-posted 6 Fortresses game, ...the one in 6 F has
a feather, and the new one doesn't...'  

Please do not think I was trying to invent a new piece in these games...
I was only trying to create a chess variant that had a very slight modification which would
greatly alter the play of the game.

In regard to Royal-Pawns; I was not familiar with them from other games... 
However, as I was writing this comment Joe Joyce told me of Jeremy Goods' 'Royal Pawns Chess.'  So I just
 looked that game up, and felt a bit awkward at what I saw because my variant, though created 
independently and later, is very similar to Jeremy's.  Had I been aware of Royal Pawn Chess 
I would not have posted 'Fighting Kings.'

As a later comment: I just now looked at Bruce Zimov's Knightmate - this game has 2 non-royal
kings and a royal knight.  Very Interesting.

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