How to play Sovereign Chess

Learn the rules to Sovereign 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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0:00 – Objective
0:15 – Setup
0:31 – Starting move
0:46 – Queens, Bishops, Rooks
1:04 – Same Color
1:29 – Pawns/Brown Lines
2:19 – Controlling a Color
3:01 – Occupying Color Squares
3:19 – Capturing Pieces
3:50 – Pawn Promotion
4:25 – Changing Kings Color
4:53 – Castling
5:18 – To Win

The rules are the same as regular chess except for these changes. Lay out the board and setup the pieces on the outer ring of squares, matching each piece with the color and type indicated around the edge of the board. In the next ring of squares, place pawns matching the colors of the adjacent pieces. In the four corners, instead of pawns place matching-colored knights.

Randomly select a player to make white’s first move. After white’s first move, the other player may choose to play as white or play as black. Whoever plays black makes the next move then turns alternate. Queens, Bishops, and Rooks may not travel more than 8 squares in a single turn. Therefore, they may not check a king that is farther than 8 squares away. Kings are allowed to move out of check by moving out of this range.

A piece may not end its turn on a square of its own color, but it may travel over a square of its own color. Therefore, a player may not check their opponent’s king with a piece of the same color as the square that that king is on. Kings are allowed to escape check by moving to a square matching the color of the checking piece.

Pawns move 1 square vertically or horizontally, and capture 1 square diagonally, towards the center of the board. The brown lines on the board help guide pawns toward the center. Pawns move and capture towards either brown line, even if that move is further away from another brown line. A pawn adjacent to a brown line may not move across it, but it may capture across a brown line so long as the capture takes it closer to the center of the board.

Pawns on the outer 2 rings of the board may move 1 or 2 spaces away from the closest edge. They may move like this even if they have moved previously. En passant is not allowed.

When you move one of your pieces onto a square of another color, you then control all the pieces of that square’s color and may move them so long as you have a piece on that square. Once the colored square is unoccupied, then you may not move those pieces until you occupy one of the matching color squares again. You are allowed to use your controlled colored pieces to control other colors.

When you move a piece to a square that is the same color as your opponent’s king you do not gain control of their pieces. Pieces that are the same color as a player’s king may never be controlled by their opponent.

There are two squares of each color but only one of those squares may be occupied at a time. When one square is occupied by any piece, whether a player controls it or not, then the other square of that color may not be occupied.

You may only capture pieces of colors that your opponent controls. You may not capture any piece you control, nor pieces that are uncontrolled by either player. If you capture an opponent’s piece that is on a colored square, you immediately take control of all pieces of that square’s color. You may escape check from a colored piece by capturing the matching colored square your opponent controls, giving you control of those pieces instead.

When a pawn reaches the center 4×4 area marked by a black border, it must promote to any higher piece of its same color, which may include a king. If you choose to promote a pawn to a king, you remove your current king from the board, and place the new king, of the same color of the pawn, where the pawn was promoted. [show 2 examples: Coup d’Etat & Overthrow]

If you promote to a king of a different color, then your previous king’s colored pieces will now be controlled by the player who occupies a square of that color.

On your turn, instead of moving a piece, you may replace your king with a king of any color you control. Your turn then ends unless your king is now on a square of its own color. Then you must legally move it off of that square.

You are allowed to promote to a king or change your king’s color to get out of check. There is no limit to the number of times you can change kings during the game.

You are allowed to castle with any rook you control that is on the same row as your king so long as all the normal rules of castling are followed. To do so, move your king to any vacant square between it and the rook and that rook to the other side…


  1. Color blind, no accessibility options, no point in me being here apparently, next video.

  2. You know with all the pretty rainbow colors they should sell this half off in the month of June…you know to match the whole rainbow/pride month thing?

  3. Lost me quick. Random distance limitations, weird changes to pawns, colored squares randomly add or remove control while limiting movement, additional kings, whole bunch of nonsense.

    This feels like it WANTS to be interesting so it uses ~°LOLRANDOM°~ to do so. But it doesn't. It just makes it a complicated slog with unnecessary extra steps.

  4. As a chess player this is terrifying to me lol

  5. This seems really complicated and difficult, but then that's what I felt about classical chess at first.

  6. Sounds like the name should've been Mercenary Chess instead.

  7. Step 1: Buy Sovereign Chess.
    Step 2: Throw it in the trash.
    Step 3: Buy and Play Regular Chess like a normal person.
    The End.

  8. Chess: The other 5 universes(5d)
    Chess: The Fourth wall(4d)
    Chess: In the temporary universe(2d)
    Chess: The End of the beginning (1d)
    And now…

    Chess: The final dimensions clashing

  9. That kinda looks like gay chess for me ngl

  10. 3 player 5d sovereign chess with multiversal time travel

  11. I'm calling this Gay pride chess, I'm not being offensive it's to honor the community

  12. Yep, that's the game we invented with a friend when I was 5

  13. Imagine a 4 player 5D chess variant of this but with Faerie pieces and Promotions for every piece like in Shogi…… YEAH!


  15. "en passant is not allowed"
    My disappointment is immeasurable…

  16. the image at 3:50 looks like checkmate to me.

    Is it checkmate?

  17. Chess my favourite game❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

  18. It would be cool of the other colored pieces were "fairy pieces" so that they could have unique strategies and reasons beyond just wanting more pieces

  19. Alt title: chess but a crowd of colorful chess pieces watch you play

  20. I looked at the title and kinda expected Sovereign Chess to be like normal chess, only one guy points to his pawn on E2 and declare that it's a queen now, and there's nothing you can do because his pieces are outside your jurisdiction.

  21. I need to play this chess I need to buy this😂

  22. Now I can imagine Sovereign Terachess (2 players on a 32×32 board), Sovereign Terachess Arena (2 players on a 24×24 board), and Sovereign Terachess Royale (4 Players on a 32×32 board) with 8 pawns and 1 of every other piece for all 8 colors and 16 pawns and 2 of every other piece, except for the king, for white, ash, slate, and black.

  23. When seeing the change king color part, I was like “why would you do that you lose so many pieces” then released the colors repeat a lot. Not much of a loss, they’re just spread out.

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