How to play Racing Kings Chess

Learn the rules to the Chess variant: Racing Kings Chess quickly and concisely – This video has no distractions, just the rules. For a refresher of the original Chess rules, check out this video:

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The object of the game is to be the first player to get your King to the opposite side of the board. Layout the board and arrange the pieces on the same side like shown. White goes first, then turns alternate. On your turn you must move 1 piece, then your opponent goes. All pieces have their normal chess movements, except Kings may never be in check. You may not move a piece to check your opponent’s king and you may not capture a piece if it results in check. Kings are still not allowed to move into check, so any threaten spaces will prevent your king from advancing to them.

The first player to get their king to the 8th row wins. However, to accommodate for white’s first turn advantage, if black is able to get their king to the 8th rank immediately after white does, then the game ends in a draw.


  1. Zombi Horde chess.

    Play with pawns as zombies
    Rookks en knight als zombie killer.

    Dont let the Horde het to the other side.

  2. I just discovered your channel. I'm enjoying your content, but would enjoy it if these cut-and-dry rules videos were paired with analysis and breakdowns of the games you cover. Especially things like these chess variants; how doe these wonky rules effect play? What types of strategies emerge?

  3. You can do this next variation called king of the hill. It's basically that all things are same as in chess, but if you move your king to the 4 middle squares of chess you automatically win

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