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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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  • NEW! This item is a play-by-email page,
It belongs to categories: Orthodox chess, 
It was last modified on: 2017-04-21
 By Nick  Wolff. Wild Kingdom. Battle for jungle dominance with your own army of animals, each with special abilities. By Nick Wolff.

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5 'Game' entries listed 3 'Reference item' entries listed
1 'Play by mail item' entry listed 2 'Contest' entries listed
2 'Three dimensional' entries listed 1 'Four or more dimensional' entry listed
3 'Large board' entries listed 1 'Three or more players' entry listed
2 'Unorthodox shaped board' entries listed 1 'Board with hexagonal shaped cells' entry listed
1 'Each player has a different army' entry listed 2 'Sold commercially' entries listed

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