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King's Court. Variant on 8 by 12 board with Chancellors and Jesters. (12x8, Cells: 96) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
George Duke wrote on 2016-10-04 UTCExcellent ★★★★★

Kings Court is very good but I rated Good here 12 years ago, so this is finetuning. David Paulowich once came up with a rule for a CV from looking at Chancellor here as tri-compound:

In Move_Length, Paulowich suggests self-contained movers Nightrider, Bishop, and Rook go unlimited distance, bi-compound go up to four steps, and tri-compound like this Chancellor up to two. Kings Court Chancellor is limited Queen plus Knight, or short Bishop + short Rook + Knight. The other new piece Jester is unique and not like mimicking Jesters of other games.


Samson Marriner wrote on 2014-07-29 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
In my opinion the ideal new piece placement for basic 10x10 games is between Rook and Knight, because that way the opening theory basics are used, but with fewer annoying free rook captures.

Also, the King's Counsellor evasion move is a good idea due to their power (slightly above a Cardinal, Jesters are around the power of a Bishop).

David Paulowich wrote on 2012-02-04 UTC

Seven years have passed since the last game of King's Court was played on this site. This large (12x8) chess variant inspired the following set of rules. I never succeeded in inventing a game using these rules and I no longer have the free time to conduct the necessary playtesting.

Rule One: Only simple pieces like the Rook, Bishop, and Nightrider have unlimited movement.

Rule Two: Compound pieces cannot move more than four squares. For example: a 'Queen' would actually be a Q4, limited to a maximum move of four squares.

Rule Three: A compound of three pieces cannot move more than two squares. The Chancellor in King's Court is an example of such a piece.


Anonymous wrote on 2008-09-27 UTCGood ★★★★
I remember a game in the late 80's, early 90's called 'King's Court.' It was chess and checkers combined. I stumbled across this site in hopes to find it. You should check it out sometime, if you can still get it from anywhere. I think you will be amused and amazed by the game's similarities to your variation.

George Duke wrote on 2005-03-24 UTCGood ★★★★
'JKL,LargeCV': King's Court, 'advanced chess,' is not Kasparov's Advanced Chess, because the latter merges man and machine. These Jesters are not just-reviewed Jester Chess' Jester, which mimics the last opponent's move's method. Jester here simply steps one or two diagonal to ferz, dabbabah or alfil locations, therefore being two-path(ipso facto multi-path)to dabbabah ones. Visualize the two paths to get used to multi-path pieces. These Chancellors are not Chancellor Chess Chancellors, which as (R+N) are just Marshalls commonly. Instead Chancellors here are restricted, or limited, Queens going one or two steps radially, plus Knights in option. KC has close to Falcon Chess(patent year 1996) method of free castling, though not necessarily allowing the final step to Rook adjacency before the Rook over-step. Add King's flight from the potentially suffocating Chancellor, nice board size 8x12, and otherwise standard features, and King's Court rises to the level of pretty Good. No boring unoriginal, awkward overused Marshalls(R+N) and Cardinals(B+N) here.

David Paulowich wrote on 2004-11-04 UTCGood ★★★★

This variant has an interesting selection of pieces. Back in September I added a comment to 'The Game of Jetan or Martian Chess' comparing the Jester to the Free Padwar. The Chancellor is a very powerful short-range piece. But I personally would prefer the idea of a noncapturing 'king’s flight' move. No such restriction is stated in these rules. I have also tested the Zillions game file rules by adding White Chancellors to the squares e6 and i6, then playing:

1. Chancellor i6xh8 check, King g8xh8

2. Chancellor e6xf8 check, King h8xf8


Anonymous wrote on 2003-07-15 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
does any one know how to order?

Ben Good wrote on 2003-01-24 UTC

i've been checking the king's court webpage periodically for as long as i can remember knowing about it (several years probably), and they've never actually had a set for sale. the webpage states:

Kings Court is in the production stage and will Be available at the end of may or early june.

but it's said that for at least a year, maybe more. anybody know anything about it? anybody ever contact them about buying a game? i suppose i could email them myself, but i thought i'd ask here first.


star gril wrote on 2002-07-06 UTCPoor ★
not what i was looking for

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