The Chess Variant Pages

Drawless Chess

by Michael D. Ward
Lexington, KY
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These are three rules which may be added to standard chess to create a variant in which draws are impossible:

  1. The two squares on which the kings begin are marked with an "X" and are throne squares. A player can win the game by mating his opponent OR moving his king to his opponents throne.
  2. No player may make a move which causes a previous configuration to be duplicated.
  3. If a play has no legal move, he loses. (This includes both stalemates and situations created by rule "2".)


WWW page created: August 16, 1996. Last modified: November 5, 1996.