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The Chess Variant Pages

This page is written by the game's inventor, Martin Janecke.

Revenge of the King


The setup is the same as in normal chess.


Pieces are the same as in normal chess, but the king can become a "mounted king" (see rules below).


Whenever a player is without a queen, his king moves and takes like a knight. The king is called "mounted king" then. Whenever the player has a queen, the king moves like a king in normal chess. Castling rules are unaffected, i.e. regular and mounted king can castle as long as they didn't move in any of both forms yet and all other requirements are met.


The motivation for this modest variant is making losing a queen less devastating and an exchange of queens less desireable. Should both players exchange queens anyway, the game is less likely to lose vitality.

There's also a German description available which is entitled "Vergeltung des Königs".

This 'user submitted' page is a collaboration between the posting user and the Chess Variant Pages. Registered contributors to the Chess Variant Pages have the ability to post their own works, subject to review and editing by the Chess Variant Pages Editorial Staff.

By Martin Janecke.
Web page created: 2010-02-10. Web page last updated: 2010-02-10