The Chess Variant Pages

Atlantis Chess

Gerben Dirksen sent information in May 1999 on the chess variant, described below which he calls `Atlantis Chess'.


The game is played as orthodox chess, with the following modifications:

Instead of making a normal move, a player may remove an empty square from the edge of the board. After a square is removed, more squares could be considered to belong to the edge of the board.

E.g., after h5 is removed, the square g5 is considered to belong to the edge of the board and could be removed in a turn, but g4 is not considered to belong to the edge of the board.

Rooks, bishops, and queens may not go across removed squares, knights can jump across removed squares just as they jump across squares with a piece on it.

An example: a few moves in, with squares removed by both players.

The following table shows which sqaures can be removed, and the square which they are attached to (which allows them to be removed)

Can remove:Because of:
B4A4 or B5

Written by Hans Bodlaender, based upon an email of Gerben Dirksen. Edited by Peter Spicer.
WWW page created: May 13, 1999. Last update: October 25, 2002.