How to play Plunder Chess

Learn the rules to the Chess Variant: Plunder 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 rules are the same as regular chess, except for these changes. During setup place the vests to the side. Whenever a piece is captured, the capturing piece has the option to plunder the captured pieces moves. To plunder the moves, take an available vest from the side of the board that matches the captured piece and place it onto the capturing piece. If you capture a piece that already has a vest on it, then you may plunder that piece’s vest instead if you like. Pieces may only have 1 vest at a time.

A piece with a vest is allowed to perform any legal move of the piece’s symbol on that vest 1 time. This is called a vest-move. After a vest-move, remove the vest from the piece and return it to the side of the board so it can be used again later if needed. Pieces may still perform conventional moves while wearing a vest without losing that vest’s ability. If you capture a piece with a conventional move while wearing a vest, you must either decline plundering the new piece or you must remove your current vest before plundering the new one.

If you capture a piece with a vest-move, you must first remove the current vest before plundering your opponent’s piece. You do not have to plunder if you don’t want to, but you may not plunder the vest at a later time. You may not plunger a piece that has the same moving capability as the capturing piece. For example, a queen may not plunder a rook, bishop, or queen. All pieces, except for pawns, may plunder pawns to gain their en passant move. Knights, bishops and kings may also plunder a pawn’s double step move option in addition to the condition of being captured from en passant. A king may not use a pawn vest-move for the double step move if en passant is present.

The pawn vest does not allow any piece to promote to a higher rank piece. Pawns are allowed to use their vest-move in order to promote. If a pawn wearing a vest uses a conventional move to promote, then whatever vest it is currently wearing will be transferred to the promoted piece so long as that vest adds movement potential to the promoted piece. Promoted pieces may not gain a pawn vest upon promotion nor does a pawn-vest promote to a different vest when reaching the farthest row.

If a pawn uses a vest-move to return to the 2nd row, it regains it’s double step move option as well as the ability to be captured via en passant.

A knight vest-move allows pieces to jump over other pieces. Castling is allowed like normal unless a vest-move threatens an open space between the king and rook.

Vests automatically and immediately check an opponent’s king. There is no limit to the number of time a vest can check a king. It is also possible for a king to check or even checkmate their opponent with a vest so long as they remain out of check. Kings may use their vest-move to escape check. A king’s vest-move is allowed to slide through check so long as the king doesn’t end on a space in check.


  1. A pawn with a rook or queen sounds insane

  2. hi mr.Jim can you show us how to play tongits

  3. Does the king vest allow the piece to be checked?

  4. your so cool we love to support your channel 😎😎😎😎😎😁

  5. we're gonna release our channel maybe june or july

  6. Tip kill knight with queen and you are now unstoppable

  7. My dream to make a knight move like queen is now true, nice!

  8. Nice video, beautiful explication + I love the pieces, that you use to explication!

  9. Vest moves are interesting in Plunder Chess.

  10. I just realized you can finally checkmate someone with a king and a pawn!

  11. I noticed the King vests, but what is the point of those? can they even be acquired?

  12. Because chess isn't hard enough to master. 😉

  13. A very cool version, but I have to say the knight piece looks really silly 😂

  14. If a piece has the pawn vest, will every pawn move be able to check a king (e.g. double step move, one step forward) or only the move you use for capturing (diagonal move)?

  15. The knight just looks aweful in this version of chest.

  16. Finally, a chess variant that not only lets you en passant, but it lets you en passant with e v e r y t h i n g

  17. You know how the knight is the queen’s weakness? Not anymore.

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  19. what if you run out of vests for a piece? can you just make up a vest to use instead, or is it like houses in monopoly where you just don’t get them if they run out?

  20. Bishop + Pawn = Color swapping Bishop.
    Pawn + Bishop = Sniper Pawn.

    Queen + Knight = Amazon.

  21. I wonder a piece that captured opponent's rook on a square which is the original sqaure of its friendly rook can castle or not. For example, white bishop may capture black rook on a1 square and gain a vest move of the rook. Can that bishop castle?

  22. now combine that with chess plus and i think we got ourselves a fun silly game

  23. It’s like soul card from shotgun king

  24. Finally you made another chess tutorial video that ISN'T a resized version of chess


  26. Please do the Gigamic Classics series, Games in the series => Modern Classics =
    Quixo, Quoridor, Squadro, Pylos, Quantik, Quarto

    Other games in the series = Gobblet, Gyges, Skybridge, Quads (made by Kris Burm, the inventor of GIPF series of games), Quits, Ballast, Bataclan, Quivive, Sahara, Sputnik (Reimplementation of Quivive), Zenix, Inside, Eclipse, Batik

    The first 6 games are also part of the Modern Classics, and those 6 games are only ones in the Classics series still published by Gigamic (The Classics section in their website only mention those 6 games), so that's why I separated them from the other 14 (Classics series can be found in Board Game Geek)

  27. where is “the first player to checkmate the opponent wins”?
    smh bad video, gonna dislike 😡
    jk still a great video

  28. I was actually surprised to see that you can only use a vest move once. usually in this types of chess mods they'll be no limits let alone drawbacks to the gimmick but seeing that vest's are a one time thing makes me think an actual professional made this mod.

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