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Racing Kings. From a special setup, be the first to have your king reach the last row. (8x8, Cells: 64) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Georg Spengler wrote on 2015-05-15 UTC
I played only one game so far, but I think it is one of the best ideas for a game using FIDE chess pieces. it is the simple yet ingenious idea of prohibiting checks, that makes this game playable. 

For example, white can threaten the black Rook with Bishop to d4. The Rook is pinned,because of the Queen on a1. Normally this would mean a bad starting set up, but Black can just move the King on a3 and the Rook is protected. These tactical options are new and beautiful and fit completely to the changed aim of the game.

That Black has a drawing option, but not white, is absolutely necessary. Otherwise the advantage of the first-moving player would be huge, but with this rule the game is even.

George Duke wrote on 2010-08-14 UTC
Joyce mentions CVs that win condition is reach back rank, ''first to place one of your pieces or pawns on the opponent's back rank.'' One of those is 50 years old now, Parton's Racing Kings. Betza copies Parton's theme from these a lot in such as several Betza's race chesses and Diceless Chessgammon.

Abdul-Rahman Sibahi wrote on 2006-11-14 UTC
a legal possibilty not mentioned in the article: what if BLACK moves first to the eighth row and white immediately follows ? I don't think this should count as a win for black. It's simply unfair for white.

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