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It was last modified on: 2006-10-19
 By Gary K. Gifford. Fighting Kings. The King has switched places with the King Pawn - The King is now a fighting piece. And the pawn must be protected. (8x8, Cells: 64) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
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.