Vegas Fun Chess
IntroductionVegas Fun Chess is a chess variant, where special dice are used to decide what pieces to move.
In an email to Hans, Edward Collins writes:
I've played this several times. It can be fun. Somewhat silly, but fun.
Since most people won't have the special dice that are included, it is possible, although maybe a little inconvenient, to use a deck of cards, or even two normal dice, (as long as each dice is different) and achieve the same thing as these special dice.
The sample game that was included was actually written in descriptive notation, but I took the time to convert it to algebraic.
Thanks for putting together such a neat site.
Vegas Fun Chess, Official rules by George Koltanowski, orthodox chess Master. [The rules given below are not as written by George Koltanowski. They have been reworded by the editor. -Ed.]
Vegas Fun chess is played on a orthodox chess board, with the orthodox chess pieces in the standard setup. 2 special six-sided dice are used, each face of the die having a chess symbol on it, plus an "optional" indicator for one side. Two conventional six-sided dice could be used interpreting the numbers as follows:
Die 1 Die 2 ---------- ----------- 1=pawn 1=pawn 2=knight 2=knight 3=bishop 3=bishop 4=rook 4=rook 5=king 5=queen 6=pawn 6=optional
Turn sequence: Each turn, a player first must roll the two dice. The player must then move a piece of the type shown by either die. If the player is unable to legally move a piece of either type, then the turn is passed, and it is the opposing player's turn. The "optional" symbol indicates the player may make any legal move.
Giving check: A player giving check does not roll the dice on their next turn. They simply make any legal move. Or they may pass their turn. A player may also pass their turn when the "optional" symbol is showing.
Check: A player that is in check does not roll the dice on their turn. Instead they must make a legal chess move to remove the check.
Castling: A castling move is interpreted as moving the King.
Stalemate: If a player's king is stalemated, and the player rolls a King on one of the two dice, then the game is a draw.
Bishop, Queen 1.pass Rook, King 1...pass pawn, Knight 2.e4 Bishop, Rook 2...pass Knight, Knight 3.Nf3 Knight, Rook 3...Nc6 Bishop, King 4.Bc4 Rook, Queen 4...Rb8 Optional 5.Ng5 Rook, Rook 5...Ra8 King, Rook 6.0-0 pawn, Bishop 6...e6 pawn, pawn 7.d4 Bishop, Bishop 7...Be7 Bishop, King 8.Be3 Queen, King 8...Kf8 Knight, Bishop 9.Nxf7 Knight, Rook 9...Nf6 pawn, pawn 10.d5 Knight, Bishop 10...Na5 Bishop, Rook 11.Bb3 Knight, Knight 11...Nxc4 Optional 12.Nxd8 Bishop, Bishop 12...Bxd8 Bishop, King 13.Bg5 pawn, pawn 13...h6 pawn, Rook 14.axb3 Knight, Queen 14...Nxe4 Rook, Rook 15.Rxa7 pawn, pawn 15...hxg5 Bishop, Bishop 16.pass Optional 16...Rxa7 pawn, Bishop 17.dxe6 Rook, Queen 17...Ra1 Knight, Knight 18.Nc3 Queen, King 18...Kg8 pawn, Bishop 19.exd7 Rook, Rook 19...Rxd1 pawn, pawn 20.dxc8=Q Bishop, Bishop 20...pass Bishop, King 21.Kh1 Knight, Knight 21...Ng3+ does not roll 22.fxg3 Free Move 22...Rxf1++
There are many examples of chess played according to the role of dice. Pritchard's Encyclopedia of Chess Variants contains descriptions of seven versions of what he calls "Dice Chess".
Intoduction written by Edward D. Collins (www.inficad.com/~ecollins/). Edward D. Collins also provided the text for the official rules of Vegas chess, upon which the text for the rules on this page were based, and the sample game.
Rules paraphrased by David Howe. Notes by David Howe.
WWW page created: August 25, 1998.