How to play Identity Theft Chess (Mind Control Chess/Traitors Chess)

Learn the rules to the Chess variant: Identity Theft Chess (also called Mind Control Chess or Traitors 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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Whenever a pawn captures a piece that isn’t a pawn, it must promote to that piece. You are not required to capture an opponent’s piece with your piece if you don’t want to; but if you do capture it, you must promote your pawn to that piece. To do so, remove your pawn from the board and flip the opponent’s disc to your color. If you aren’t playing with double sided chess disks, feel free to use normal chess pieces from another set if you don’t have available material. The promoted piece is treated as it normally would, under your control. If your pawn captures a pawn, your pawn is still allowed to promote upon capturing another piece later. En passant is still used like normal. If a pawn reaches the farthest row by moving or capturing a piece, it may be promoted to any piece.


  1. Hello. I’ve made my own chess variant, would you like to see?

  2. I also made a game of chess which can be very tricky it is called NO-BOARD CHESS. In this game you would be playing chess as normal but without board ( begginers can keep an empty chess board aside for reference to any move)Rules: pieces are not allowed to go outside the board( you may can use some sort of borders) If you're opponent ask you to show if that move is true then you can show your opponent in the reference board. If it's true then that move will occur if not then move will not occur and you turn would be skipped.

  3. That's it, I'm making up my own variant of chess. It's gonna be insane

  4. That's it, I'm making up my own variant of chess. It's gonna be insane

  5. Stop watching, red spy is in the base

  6. "identity theft is not a joke jim millions of families suffer every year"

  7. "en passant is still used like normal" 12/10, best varient

  8. Hear me out on this one.

    Combine regiment chess, star trek's space chess, bughouse chess, hexboard, identity theft, atomic chess, penultima (optional), and add time travel. Now make it a single instance.

    What would this game look like? Any volunteers?

  9. This is one of the few times the checkmate shown isn't exclusive to this variant


  11. So castling is useles now that you can checkmate your opponent

  12. Now that is one of those “mods” that makes the Pawn more useful overall than just fodder-until-promotion.

  13. in theory, if your pawn was to be the thing checkmating the opponent's king…
    and said king was protected
    would it be checkmate?

    your pawn has to take the king, thus promote to a king and thus be in check, to complete the mate.

  14. "The rules are the same as regular identity theft except for these changes…"

  15. Alternatively: the thing the 4 year old made while debating with others what are the right rules

  16. I like how there was no reason to specify En Passant works as usual but he did anyway

  17. hello triple s games: I have two quesitons for you-
    1. Any place where I can play this online? Haven't found one.
    2. Have you covered the following variant? It provides lots of fun and an intermediate player (sometimes even a beginner) can theoretically beat a master with sufficient luck:
    -It goes like this: You shuffle your one-sided chess piece disks at the start of the game (except the king, which is visible for both sides). Place them at random. The first move with said piece is done normally and only then is its identity revealed.

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