The Chess Variant Pages



This page is written by the game's inventor, Andy Kurnia.

Cycle Chess

Board and Setup

The board is a 6x6 board, extended in two sides by a unified 2x1 cell each. The new cell at the bottom of the board is called 0, while the one at the top of the board is called 7. These two cells are linked by a big cell called X, such that pieces may cycle from one side of the board to another.

+-------------------------------+ 
|                             X | 
|           +-------+           | 
| 7         |       |           | 
|   +---+---+---+---+---+---+   | 
| 6 |*R*|*B*|*Q*|*K*|*B*|*R*|   | 
|   +---+---+---+---+---+---+   | 
| 5 |*P*|*P*|*P*|*P*|*P*|*P*|   | 
|   +---+---+---+---+---+---+   | 
| 4 |   |   |   |   |   |   |   | 
|   +---+---+---+---+---+---+   | 
| 3 |   |   |   |   |   |   |   | 
|   +---+---+---+---+---+---+   | 
| 2 | P | P | P | P | P | P |   | 
|   +---+---+---+---+---+---+   | 
| 1 | R | B | Q | K | B | R |   | 
|   +---+---+---+---+---+---+   | 
| 0         |       |           | 
|           +-------+           | 
|     a   b   c   d   e   f     | 
+-------------------------------+ 

There are thirty-nine cells in this variant:

Players start with the following pieces:

Rules

Kings, queens, rooks, bishops, and pawns move as in normal chess, except:

The special cells 0, 7, and X are linked as follows:

Normal chess rules apply except when changed above.


This is a submission for the contest to design a chess variant on a board with 39 squares.
Text and diagrams by Andy Kurnia. HTML conversion and slight editing by David Howe.
Cycle chess can be played with the Zillions of Games program. You can download the necessary files (zipfile). (Zrf-file by David Howe.)
WWW page created: November 10, 1998. Last modified: February 9, 1999.