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This page is written by the game's inventor, Daniel MacDuff.

The Day the Chessboard Stood Still

There was a movie called the Day the Earth Stood Still, and one of the most famous parts in this movie is when Klaatu, the alien visiting Earth dies, and his big slightly evil robot Gort goes on a killing spree but is deactivated by the following phrase: "Klaatu barada nikto", spoken by Klaatu's Earth friend.  Gort, sparing not a moment, revives Klaatu.


Same as FIDE.


The King and Queen are different, but move the same.

Queen: Gort: Has a few major differences.  It can move only one square unless going crazy (and that must be a non-capturing move), but adjacent pieces can neither move nor capture.  Finally, it is immune to capture.

King: Klaatu: Can deactivate the enemy Gort.



When a Klaatu is captured (not checkmated), the Gort of that color goes crazy and can move like a queen.  In addition, it may rifle capture.  The Gort can now kill every enemy piece to win.  Furthermore, it is still immune to capture except by other Gorts (and that is a suicide capture).  But the enemy Klaatu can move adjacent to the Gort, at which point the Klaatu's owner says "Klaatu barada nikto" and two things happen:
1). The Gort is "un-crazied" and steps off the board for two turns, at the end of which...
2). The enemy Klaatu is revived and placed on an empty square in the first two rows.

If there is none, then the player whose Klaatu initiated this wins!

Pawns can promote to Gorts or Klaatus.


Pawns cannot promote to Gorts.

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By Daniel Robert MacDuff.
Web page created: 2014-01-22. Web page last updated: 2014-01-22