How to play Hidden Identity Chess

Learn the rules to the board game Hidden Identity Chess quickly and concisely – This video has no distractions, just the rules. For a refresher of the original rules of Chess, check out this video:

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The rules are the same as regular chess except for these changes. There is no check or checkmate. The object of the game is to capture your opponent’s king. Each piece is replaced by a special chess piece whose identity can only be seen on 1 side. During set up, each player places their pieces however they want on their closest 2 rows, with their pieces identities facing them, hidden from their opponent. There is no restriction to where pieces can be placed. Pawns are allowed to be placed on the first row and bishops can be placed on the same color.

Whenever a piece is captured, its identity is revealed.

Pawns on the first row are allowed an initial double-step move if you want. If a pawn moves to its second row, it can still perform its double step move. En passant is allowed like normal against an opponent’s pawn taking a double-step from either row, however, if the opponent’s piece being captured isn’t a pawn then the pawn preforming the move is removed from the board instead. When performing en passant, announce what you are doing, but leave the identity of the piece you are trying to capture hidden. Your opponent then says if it is a pawn, if it isn’t, then the pieces identity remains hidden. The king is allowed to move to a threatened space.

Castling is allowed if the rook is on the same row as the king and there are no other pieces in between. To castle, move the king 2 spaces towards the rook, then move the rook to the other side of the king. If a rook is 2 spaces away, or adjacent to the king, then the king takes the space of the rook and the rook is moved to the other side. You may only castle if it is the King and Rook’s first move of the game.

If ever a piece is moved illegally, or discovered to have move illegally in the past, then the illegally moved piece is removed from the board and the opponent of that piece also removes any single enemy piece of their choice from the board as a penalty. If the illegally moved piece was already removed from the board when discovered, then the opponent removes 2 pieces of their choice instead of 1. If the removed piece was the king, then they win the game immediately. If a player performs more than 1 illegal move in a game, then they immediately lose.

The first player to capture their opponent’s king, wins!

You can also play with the revealed kings variant. At the start of the game, use a divider when setting up the pieces and play with a normal king. Remove the divider to begin play, both players will now play the game with knowledge of the enemy king’s location. If your opponent performs an illegal move, then instead of removing pieces, you win the game immediately.


  1. First time i hear you raise the voice in the intro. Also nice video!

  2. its interesting that you are technically speaking allowed to cheat as long as you dont get caught

  3. You need 3 people to play, two players and a judge.

    where do I buy this

  4. Me: puts a piece behind an enemy piece
    Opponent: IT WASNT A PAWN LAMO
    Me: Yeah, neither is mine lamo
    Opponent: -_-

  5. game of the generals but in chess

  6. we found it, chess 2, now featuring bluffing (not cheating, i count it as part of the game)

  7. Alternate title: Stratego but with chess pieces

  8. Imagine someone places a rook right in front of a king, starts taking it and inmediately wins

  9. Same as "Game of Generals" in the Philippines but there is a slight difference.

    Hey can you please do a review for "Game of Generals"? I appreciate it man

  10. it looks like Game of the Generals but more scary lol

  11. Interesting it's called games of the general in my country?

  12. So, you mean Stratego? You just turned Chess into Stratego

  13. I feel like the only additionnal mindgames this might create is confusion about pawns/rooks or move everything you can one square at a time to confuse about the identity of the king which means the second variant doesn't look too good to me.

  14. ever heard of game of the generalsthat’s hidden identity chess

  15. I have a question how does pawn promotion work

  16. This is interesting since the penalty rule essentially allows you to cheat a move with a piece ONCE if you're willing to gamble instantly losing. Definitely opens up a layer of unintended strategy

  17. this made me remember a game called games of the general

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