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The Chess Variant Pages

The game we know as Chess today has its origins in the Muslim game of Shatranj, which derives from the Indian game of Chaturanga. It is also related to Xiangqi in China, to Janggi in Korea, and to Shogi in Japan. Besides these and various other historical and regional relatives, many other games have been inspired by or based on Chess and its relatives. All of these games are similar to Chess yet also different from it in various ways. Thanks to computers and the internet, it is now possible to play countless Chess variants without physical boards and pieces. This website, called The Chess Variant Pages, is here for cataloging, discussing, and playing the many games that are based on, related to, or similar enough to Chess.

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 Last Game Courier move entered 38 minutes ago.
 Last Game Courier invitation submitted 44 DAYS ago.
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  • NEW! This item is a Zillions-of-Games file,
It belongs to categories: Orthodox chess, 
It is a 2 player game.
It was last modified on: 2017-05-07
 By Nick  Wolff. Mimic Chess ZIP file. Chess on a larger board with 3 new pieces with constantly changing movement capabilities. By Nick Wolff.
  • NEW! This item is a play-by-email page,
It belongs to categories: Orthodox chess, 
It was last modified on: 2017-05-07
 By Nick  Wolff. Mimic Chess. Chess on a larger board with 3 new pieces with constantly changing movement capabilities. By Nick Wolff.
  • NEW! This item is a game information page,
It belongs to categories: Orthodox chess, 
It is a 2 player game.
It was last modified on: 2017-05-07
 By Nick  Wolff. Mimic Chess. Chess on a larger board with 3 new pieces with constantly changing movement capabilities. By Nick Wolff.


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1 'Game' entry listed 1 'Zillions of Games file' entry listed
2 'Play by mail item' entries listed 1 'Contest' entry listed
1 'Large board' entry listed

Total items listed: 5

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