Crown Prince ChessBy Matthew Chrzaszcz and Derek Mota
Hi Tony, Fergus, et al:
I have another chess variant developed by a couple of my students
IntroductionThis chess variant was developed by members of the Notre Dame Chess Club in Kitchener, Ontario.
BoardThe game uses the standard 8X8, 64-cell board.
SetupThis 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.
PiecesStandard 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.
RulesA 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.