How to play Knightmate Chess

Learn the rules to the Chess variant: Knightmate 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 checkmate your opponent’s knight. In this variant the role of King and knight are switched. Layout the board and place kings where the knights normally start and a knight where the king normally starts. The knight moves like a knight except that it may not move into check and it must escape check as if it were a king. Kings do not get checked. They move like a normal king, but the check rule doesn’t apply to them. Kings can be captured like any other piece. Pawns are allowed to promote to a king if you wish.

You are allowed to castle with the knight using the exact same rules as normal chess. The first player to checkmate their opponent’s knight, wins.


  1. "The knight moves like a knight"

    – Triple S Games

  2. Me: There’s no way of moving the king in check
    Knightmate Chess: Bruh

  3. Ah yes, what everyone wanted, a chess game where its 10x more obnoxious to checkmate and w more slow pieces

  4. idea = Merge Chess

    Play starts as normal, but when a Queen, Rook (R), Bishop (B), or Knight (N) is captured, starting from the next turn, the Rook, Bishop, and Knight can absorb one pawn (even your own (reminder = the only thing where you can capture your own is the pawn). When the R,B, or N captures a pawn (you're allowed to capture your own), the piece (not the pawn) may get an enhancement =
    a. If the piece capture opponent's pawn (with R, B or N), the piece is enhanced with the ability to move and capture one step orthogonally
    b. If you capture your own pawn (with R, B, or N), the piece is enhanced with the ability to move and capture one step diagonally

    However, you can refuse to capture the pawn, but instead remove it (as in Regular Chess)

    Rooks in scenario a and Bishops in scenario b still capture the pawn, but they don't get any enhancement.

    When a pawn is captured (by the R, B, or N), it's absorbed by it's captor, and occupies the same space as it's captor.

    After absorbing the pawn, the captor is stored in your hand. A piece that absorbs a pawn is called an absorber, you may only store up to 2 of those in your hand at a time (however, you can have as many as possible on the board)

    An absorber is summoned to the board when =
    => One of your pieces (including the Queen and King) moves out of the first row, then
    => One of your Absorbers in your hand may move to the recently vacated space immediately (on the same turn)

    When an absorber captures a pawn, the absorber can choose to absorb one and remove one of them, or it can remove both pawns, however it can't absorb both pawns.
    When an absorber captures another absorber, remove the captor piece of the captured absorber, then it's the same case as when an absorber captures a pawn.

    Everything else is the same as in FIDE Chess (regular chess).

  5. I thought it was "nightmare chess"
    Then "Knightmare chess"

  6. now boncloud is a good opening i guess

  7. King sacrifice without losing is now possible

  8. In versions where kings can be captured, I don't think you should name them as kings.
    There was a chess variant I saw where there is a jester and it moves exactly like a king but can die.
    And the knight here should just be called something like a Commander or a King of Knights?

  9. Imagine what will happen if there is a knight with a queen crown

  10. So basically the same except kings move like nights and vice versa?

  11. Wait wait wait wait wait so how much is the king worth?

  12. Queenmate chess:
    -put the king and the queen in the opposite squares as they usually sit in
    -everything moves as normal except the queen gets checked not the king, queen can castle, queen can not walk through checks(example: if you have a queen on a1 and enemy rook on b8, queen will not be able to move horizontally ad she passes through b1 which the rook targets)
    And enjoy 😊

  13. The rules are the same as regular Knightmate, except for these changes:

  14. Make a video about pawnmate, bishopmate, rookmate, queenmate and kingmate

  15. The only twist here is the king moves as a knight and knights move as a king

  16. To summarise, the knight move like a king and the kings moves like a knight

  17. 1. Promote to a king
    2. Promote to a rook
    3. Castle

  18. basically just chess in a middle ages knight's castle


  20. ᚺᛨᛈᛜᚺᛊᛊDᛢᚣᚺᚣᚹ says:


  21. I thought the knight would move like an amazon

  22. imagine two Kings wanting to be king but then a Knight appears and ends their career before it even starts

  23. You have to checkmate your opponent’s genaral

  24. I only have 1 king for each player in my chessset

  25. Yes, a variant where a king can get sacrificed.

  26. Now i can pretend pawna are checker peices and kings are just kinged checker peices

  27. So basically, in this variant, Chess is a constitutional monarchy and it does not matter if the king dies?

  28. this looks like a country that is ruled by military than the king but here queens are higher in status, they have multiple husbands.

  29. This guy has a chess disc for everything. How does he have a knight with a crown, elephant, and all of the other 100 random pieces for all of these variants? Printed decals?

  30. A royal knight is a clumsy monarch. It is easy to chase and fall pray of heavy pieces

  31. knight: "I wish I was a king"
    Triple S Games: "Your wish is my command!"
    knight: "oh cool I'm a king now"

  32. Knightmare Is Now My Favorite Chess Variant

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