Made for two players: Ages 7 to Adult.
Each game box contains: 2 decks of 50 cards, and rule book.
(c) 1984.
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2 Decks of Chess Cards.
Played with any Chess set.
Royal Chess is like playing a game of poker and chess at the same time. It makes chess more exciting and fast-paced, while keeping the challenge of planning every move. It's the perfect combination of strategy and chance.

Each game contains 2 decks of 50 cards, is played with any chess set, and players from the ages of 7 to adult.

The object of Royal Chess is to capture the Royal Family (the King and Queen pieces). You pick up 5 chess cards and if you have the corresponding chess piece,
then you can move it like regular chess. But, because your opponent does not know what cards you have, they may make very risky moves and may even try to bluff you!

After you play a card, you pick up a new one and always have 5 cards to choose from. There are also two Jester cards (wild cards) which can be played to re-claim or move any of your pieces.

Royal Chess is a new challenge for the seasoned veteran as well as a great way to introduce a beginner to the game of Chess.

History of the Game

Inventor Robert Valentine was introduced to the game of chess as a child and soon became an avid player, even winning the grade three champion at his school tournament. Always having a chess board around, he often played with his uncles and grandfathers, furthering his experience and knowledge.

In the early 1980's, Valentine also became interested in medieval history. While doing research on Medieval battles, he was intrigued with how chance played such a vital role in the outcome of many medieval battles, such as Crecy and Agincourt, where weather and terrain made such a drastic influence on the outcome of the battles. Valentine realized that even the best laid plans and tactical advantages can be completely disrupted.

Valentine pondered that a master at the game of chess, if never interfered with, will always win. "But", he thought, "...what if the chess board was thought of as a battleground? And what if it was raining out, and a bridge you planned to cross, collapsed?" Valentine figured you would have to adapt your strategy to newly unfolding events.
Valentine wanted to introduce variables to the game of chess, where normally nothing interferes with it's logic and planning. To make the game more exciting, he thought, "What if you wanted to move a pawn but that soldier froze up and was afraid to move ...or you wanted to move your knight but his horse got spooked?"

Just like a General leading his army into battle, moving his soldiers into position could be slowed down by a cannon wheel breaking, or a or a slow supply line, and even running out of ammunition. Valentine wanted to add the element of chance to this classic game, so that even the best laid plans can be foiled: "You have to adapt to the cards you are dealt."

Hence the birth of Valentine's board game in 1983, Royal Chess (c).

Copyrighted in USA and Canada, the first edition of 500 sold out. The second edition of 1000 also sold out by 1986. Rob, however, had other business plans and put further printings on hold until 2009. It is now available again in it's third edition printing, with new artwork, and a free internet version is now being pursued.