Chess 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 several of these Chess variants without physical boards and pieces. This website – 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.
- What is a Chess Variant?
- The History of Chess Variants
- Why Should I Play Them?
- Where Can I Find Equipment or Opponents?
- Which are the Best?
- How Can I Design and Post my Own?
- Who are Behind the Chess Variant Pages?
- On Designing Good Chess Variants
- Chess Variant Construction Set
- House of Staunton Chess Variant Kits
- Diagram Designer
- Play Chess Variants with Game Courier
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Week ending Jul 21, 2018
- Gala Xiang-Qi. Corrected link. Added HTML for formatting. (16x16, Cells: 256) By Daniil Frolov.
- Turn Qi. Corrected link. (18x5, Cells: 90) By Charles Gilman.
- 4 Linepiece Fusion. Corrected link. (9x8, Cells: 72) By Charles Gilman.
- Nietzsche Chess. Corrected link. (8x8, Cells: 64) By Charles Gilman.
- Brookschach. Removed broken link to Point. (6x6x6, Cells: 216) By Charles Gilman.
- Empty Cube Chess. Corrected link. (8x8x8, Cells: 296) By Charles Gilman.
- Honeycomb goes East. Corrected link. (16x9, Cells: 144) By Charles Gilman.
- Year of the Pig Variants. Corrected link and some corrupted text. By Charles Gilman.
- Herichess. Corrected link. (14x14, Cells: 112) By Charles Gilman.
- Crosstunnel. Corrected link. (8x8x4, Cells: 196) By Charles Gilman.
- Caliph Qi. Corrected link. (6x9) By Charles Gilman.
Week ending Jul 14, 2018
- VERO Chess. Standard chess with a twist. By RICHARD BIELE.
- Rules of Chess: En passant capture FAQ. Answers to some questions about the en passant capture rule. Author: Hans L. Bodlaender and Fergus Duniho.
- Sentai Chess. Chess variant inspired by Power Rangers; precursor to Fusion Chess. By Fergus Duniho.
- Double Moves. Move your opponent's pieces after moving your own. Author: Fergus Duniho. Inventor: Ronald Drinning.
- A Guide to Fairy Chess. Book first published in 1967. Author: Anthony Dickins.
- Leo. Moves on queen lines, but must jump once when taking. Author: Hans L. Bodlaender and Fergus Duniho. Inventor: T. R. Dawson.
- Lion Chess. Replaces the riders in Chess with hoppers. Author: Fergus Duniho. Inventor: Joseph Boyer.
Week ending Jul 07, 2018
- Flank Chess. Flank Chess with Achilles. (10x9, Cells: 90) By wdtr2.
- Mammoth Chess. Large Variant. (10x10, Cells: 96) Author: Fergus Duniho. Inventor: Kevin Begley.
- Tags Listing. A listing of the tags used on our pages. Author: Ben M Reiniger.
- Chess Eccentricities. An old book on Chess variants from 1885. Author: George Hope Verney.
Week ending Jun 30, 2018
- Vavulin Creative Chess. Before the start of the game, every player, creates up with one rule for both players, which operates the whole game. By Dmitrii Vavulin.
- Pocket Shogi Plus. Shogi with a pocket and some new moves. By wdtr2.
- Pocket Shogi Copper. A Variant of Shogi with Copper General and Pocket. By wdtr2.
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