Chess Variants: Neutral King Chess

Jul 20, 2010, 12:23 PM |

Neutral King Chess is set up as follows:

  •    The black king is neutral, it may be moved by both sides. 
  •     The white king is not supposed to be there.
  •     The rooks are placed on a1, a2 (a7, a8); the bishops on b1, b2; and the knights on c1, c2: all surrounded by 7 pawns.
  •     The neutral king is placed on h5.


        The rules are the same as those of normal chess except for the following:

  • There is only one King, and it is neutral.  The king may be moved by both sides and may capture pieces of either side, regardless of who is moving it  (so you could capture your own pieces on your turn, with the neutral king).
  • White may only move the king right, left, or up the board.  Black may only move the king right, left, or down the board.  The king however can move anywhere (that a king normally can) to escape check or to capture. 
  • On your turn, the neutral King may not be left in check by the other side.  You may move it in check on your side, so to make your opponent have to move it. 
  • Pawns move normally, but cannot move two spaces on first turn.  Pawns can only promote to Knights, Bishops, or Rooks.
  • The goal of the game is to checkmate the neutral king.

This can be played here.