The Chess Variant Pages



Chess Variant Graphics

Here are various Chess variant graphics, mainly for use with with Zillions of Games. They may also be put to other non-commericial, Chess variant related uses. If you use any of these graphics, the artists expect you to credit them for their artwork. A link to this page will also be appreciated. Different artists may have their own conditions of use, and you should agree to these conditions before using their artwork. If you want to use any of these graphics commericially, you must contact the artist for his permission.

Chess Piece Graphics

Sets by Fergus Duniho

Chess 
Motif I created these Chess pieces mainly from Armando Marroquin's Chess Motif font. The image here shows only the regular Chess pieces, but there are also many Chess variant pieces. Click on the image to view the whole set. Download.
Abstract 
Chess Set I designed these Chess pieces all on my own without the aid of any Chess fonts. They're my own original design. The set is geometric and abstract. It combines a sense of how each piece moves with how the piece normally looks. Click on the image to view the whole set. Download
Shogi The original Shogi pieces for Zillions of Games had Japanese characters on them. I replaced these with a set based on Armando Marroquin's Chess Motif font. I designed the Silver and Gold Generals and the Lance myself. Click on the image to view the whole set. Download
Diagrammatic 
Shogi Pieces Here's another set of Shogi pieces I made. It is a diagrammatic set entirely of my own design. Each piece has a diagram showing how it moves. Points are used to indicates moves of one space. Lines are used to indicate moving any number of spaces. Blue is used for orthogonal movement, and green is used for diagonal movement. Regular pieces have a black dot in the center, and promoted pieces have a red dot in the center. Click on the image to view the whole set. Download
Chinese 
Chess The Chinese Chess pieces which come with Zillions of Games had Chinese characters on them. I replaced these with a set based on a Chinese Chess set designed and published on the internet by Daniel Kian McKiernan. Click on the image to view the whole set. Download
Traditional Chinese Chess Pieces Here are Chinese pieces I made for Chinese Chess and variants, particularly Yáng Qí. They are made from traditional (Big5) characters I downloaded from chinalanguage.com. They include the full set of Chinese Chess pieces plus more I made for variant pieces. Download Big5 + GB Pieces
National Standard Chinese Chess Pieces Here are Chinese pieces I made for Chinese Chess and variants, particularly Yáng Qí. They are made from images of the National Standard (GB) set of characters officially endorsed in mainland China. I downloaded all character images from ocrat.com. They include the full set of Chinese Chess pieces plus more I made for variant pieces. Download Big5 + GB Pieces

Graphics by Emmanuel Baud

Emmanuel Baud created two sets of graphics for shogi. These shogi tokens have both quite usual chess symbols and simplified kanji representation, in order to make easier the learning of kanji and reading of kifu files.

Graphics by Jean-Louis Cazaux

Jean-Louis Cazaux made available the graphics he used for making his French book on chess variants. View a sample catalogue, and download the file with many piece graphics.

Graphics by David Howe

David Howe based these on Eric Bentzen's Chess Alpha font, though much of it is his own artwork.

Graphics by Roberto Lavieri

Roberto Lavieri created these pieces for Maxima and several other games.

Graphics by Derek Nalls

Derek Nalls made these pieces for Capablanca Chess.

Graphics by Tony Newton

Tony Newton's hand-drawn chess variant pieces.

Graphics by Tony Quintanilla

Tony Quintanilla made these pieces from images of an old Chess set from the Isle of Lewis.

Boards for Chess Variants

Derek Nalls

A file with several empty chess (variant) boards of different sizes, by Derek Nalls.
Written by Fergus Duniho. Additions by Hans Bodlaender and Antoine Fourrière.
WWW Page Created: Tue Oct 19, 1999. Last Modified: April 26, 2007.