Knightmare Chess is a fantasy chess variant published by Steve Jackson Games (SJG) in Knightmare Chess is played with cards that change the default rules of chess. The cards might change how a piece moves, move opponent’s. Multiple variants are included in the rules. Integrates with: Knightmare Chess 2 Number of Cards French First Edition: 72 Cards German First Edition: 51 Cards. Multiple variants are included in the rules. The edition of Knightmare Chess includes the cards from both Knightmare Chess and Knightmare Chess 2.

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I’ve played Knightmare Chess with chess novices who can’t get enough of the game. The rules are actually linked on that page at SJ Games: And if you’ve pinned his pawn in his seventh rank, so it can’t advance to promote, and he doesn’t look upset, beware!

The game ends knightmate when one player has been checkmated and cannot escape on his own turn. The rules are simple and plainly written. It sounded like something I’d love.

Games are much shorter than in regular chess, because there’s not much point in slow, patient, long-term planning — any plan more than three moves ahead will probably be short-circuited by your opponent’s cards, if not by your own. Black may play his card, if it’s an appropriate type, during or after White’s move. You can help out by making a small donation or by using this site’s affiliate links when you shop at ebay.

Knightmare Chess!

Can the Rook capture on its move? I have been waiting for around 15 years to get this ability to play with my friends over the net. As for chess strategy, go ahead and play your normal game. The American version of Tempete sur l’Echiquier. All trademarks are property of their respective owners in the US and other countries. Nice to see that he’s keeping his hand in, I thought. Knightmare Chess creates devious playing habits, no doubt about it.


The French original version had a cartoonish tone, unlike the English version, and the cards in the French original version are also different from the English version. A stand-alone 80 card expansion called Series 2 was scheduled for a December release. So get rid of any threatening-looking piece — it’s okay to trade. Chese are two sets of cards sold separately, each consisting of 80 cards.

Knightmare Chess

If it is moved two squares forward, it may be captured en passant by a Pawn but not a Crab that threatens kinghtmare square immediately behind its new position. But rulrs are cards. When a player uses a before-move card, can he then use another card during his regular move? The Checkmate Rule only says that regular cards may not directly cause checkmate. So what makes this so great? Normally, a King cannot castle into, out of, or through check.

Knightmare Chess is a licensed translation of the French game Tempete sur l’Echequier literally, “Storm on the Chessboard”a hit in Europe for ten years. Highest regards for you, for this is my favorite chess variant. SJG also sells blank cards, that can be customized by the player, in packs of Wednesday, May 1st, Last Modified: I can’t answer this one definitively, but keep in mind that the khightmare cards you have, chesss less likely you’ll get the one you really want at a given time.

You will always have one card, and only one card, as you begin your move. Point values range from two to ten per card, with the average around six points. But my suspicions were totally unfounded. Kngihtmare Chess introduces some randomness into chess, but in a very good, semi-controlled sense. What if you draw three or four of these in your initial draw of five cards? Yes, it can work out of or through check.


If my move puts my opponent in apparent checkmate, does he get knightkare chance to escape by playing a card in his hand? Variant Here’s an interesting common deck variant for those with nerves of steel. See all 8 collections some may be hidden. Cards which are too powerful to appear more than once per side are marked with an asteriskindicating that a player can only put one copy of that specific card knighhtmare his deck.

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Tough question, but I’d say hang on to at least two of them. In Knightmare Chess, the restriction of castling through check is lifted. A player that’s not overly familiar with chess, but rule a good strategizer can pick up the game quickly and apply strategies you never would have thought of.

Stalemate by lack of legal rlues can at the moving player’s option be escaped by the play of a card. Knightmare Chess Steve Jackson Games publishes in Summer a translation of the French Tempete sur l’Echiquiera set of cards, to be used in combination with a chess board.

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Cards that affect Pawns or Kings, respectively. It’s out of the game. This can range from the fairly innocuous Madman move a pawn as if it were a King in Checkers!