The Chess Variant Pages

Portal Chess

Portal Chess is a variant, invented by David Howe in 1997.


Portal Chess is a chess variant that addresses the problem of one player or the other getting to make the first move. This is solved by splitting the board up into two boards and letting each player go first on their board. Players may move pieces from one board to the other only under very limited conditions.

Note that this variant is a general modifier and may be applied to many other chess variants in addition to usual or normal chess. Below I describe its application to normal chess.

Game setup and equipment


Written by David Howe. (The first line was written by Hans Bodlaender.)
WWW page created: May 6, 1997.