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 May 12, 2018
- Tim's 3D Chess. On a 5x5x5 board with two kings per player. Author: Kevin Pacey. Inventor: Tim O'Lena.
- Losing Chess. Updated to mention that white wins with optimal play, beginning 1.e3. (8x8, Cells: 64) (Recognized!) Author: Hans L. Bodlaender and Antoine Fourrière.
- Simplified chess. Simple subset of the chess rules. (8x8, Cells: 64) By Michiel Tas.
- Choiss. First place your squares, then your pawns, then your pieces, then move. Author: Ben M Reiniger. Inventor: Peter A. Victor.
Week ending May 05, 2018
- GoshawkChess. Variant of Capablanca Chess with two Goshawks per side replacing the Archbishop and Chancellor. By James Zuercher.
- LeaperChess. Variant of Capablanca Chess with two extra Knights per side replacing the Archbishop and Chancellor. By James Zuercher.
- SliderChess. Variant of Capablanca Chess with two extra Bishops per side replacing the Archbishop and Chancellor. By James Zuercher.
- PantherChess. Variant of Capablanca Chess with two Panthers per side replacing the Archbishop and Chancellor. By James Zuercher.
Week ending Apr 28, 2018
- Palace Shogi. A complicated hybrid of Shogi, Xiang Qi, and Chess. By Silvia Hollinshead.
- Granlem Shatranj. Added larger short-range variant with a 4-move/turn option. By Joe Joyce.
- CHESSAGON. CHESSAGON® is like traditional Chess, but with Triangles, with one new additional piece named the Duke. By Kerry Langford.
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