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Crown Prince Chess. One Knight on each side is replaced by a Crown Prince. (8x8, Cells: 64) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Andrew Wong wrote on 2015-07-14 UTC
I'm playing this for the first time today (on a personally-made program) and I like it so far (though I'm not sure if it's good enough for a "Good" rating...). Though I'm at this situation where the only possible move is to use the king to block the crown prince. Since the crown prince doesn't capture, it seems fair to assume that it does not give check either and it is thus legal to use the king to block the prince.

Edit: The black prince is one step from the final rank but white could actually deliver check (white couldn't do anything more to prevent the prince's advance for now). If white does give the check, should black respond to it or just push the prince and win?

Anonymous wrote on 2010-04-12 UTC
This new piece is very interesting. I must try it.
I think, conversation of how to represent new piece is stupid: if game uses
8x8 board and one-two new types of pieces, they can be represented as
draughts (it's hard to imagine that people, who like chess variants,
don't have checkers set).

Gary Gifford wrote on 2005-04-23 UTC
In regard to the hassle of making new pieces, or flipping existing pieces upside down, cutting them, etc., a quick and inexpensive way to make a new piece for a variant is to make a paper pyramid of 4 sides (counting the base, which is an equilateral triangle). Start by drawing the base on paper, then draw a triangle out from each of the three sides of the base-- so you can cut out the image and fold it to make a pyramid. [I also add some tabs to make the result sturdy). Draw or paste the proper move courier image on the 3 upright faces of the pyramids. Though these 'piece pyramids' can sit directly on a board, I cut a hole in the base and then place it over a proper color pawn from a spare set. This gives the piece a good height. I made these for Caissia Britannia (formerly British Chess) Lion and Dragon pieces and it works out quite well.

Nasmichael Farris wrote on 2005-04-23 UTC
Jesse Obligacion's 'Chess II' also has a prince; it was authored on December 2000, and the goal of that game was to checkmate or to usher the king to the other side. The presentation differs in that the prince could be captured, and the board is 10x8. Nevertheless, the game must be intriguing. Good ideas seem to come to several folks at the same time. That's fine by me. see link

Nasmichael Farris wrote on 2005-04-23 UTC
Just cut the cross away from the standard king, and sand the top flat.

This idea of a crown prince (save that it cannot be captured) is given in
'Chess II', made for an 8x10 board, by another author on this site.  For
the record, the twin goals of 'promoting' the prince or checkmating the
king, works VERY well for that board.

Jared McComb wrote on 2005-04-23 UTC
Or you could use rooks to represent knights, and knights to represent
rooks, and turn one rook upside-down.  Or one knight could be tipped on
its side.  The possibilities are vaguely endless.

In all seriousness, this game does sound interesting, if minimal in
overall variantage.  Whatever happened to the modest variants listing? 
There have been quite a few variants posted lately that could probably go
there.  Maybe it's time for an overhaul of said listing.

Larry Smith wrote on 2005-04-22 UTC
Or...the Knight which will represent the Crown Prince could be placed atop
a red Checker.  

Thus making it quite distinctive during play.

Charles Gilman wrote on 2005-04-22 UTCGood ★★★★
Because the Knight in Staunton sets is such a distinctive (and in particular rotationally asymmetric) shape, having one facing forward and the other facing backward should do it.

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