The Chess Variant Pages

This page is written by the game's inventor, Sergey Sirotkin.


Sveschky is a chess variant, invented by Sergey Sirotkin from Izevsk, Russia, 1998-12-09. In an email, January 2000, he wrote that he did not excude the possibility that a similar game already existed. The game includes a certain amount of luck, and a certain amount of strategy.


The game is played by two players. Each player has 16 identical pieces, placed on each of the squares of the first two rows of an 8 by 8 board.

Players use a six sided die, with the symbols king, rook, knight, bishop, queen, or checker. (Alternatively, one can use a normal die, and play 1=king, 2=rook, 3=knight, 4=bishop, 5=queen, 6=checker.)

Each turn, the player throws the die, and then can move on of his pieces according to what is thrown. I.e., if the player throws a king, one piece may move one square in an arbitrary direction, if the player throws a knight, one piece may be moved like a knight, etc.

When the checker is used, the player moves a piece like a man from checkers: a non-capturing move one square diagonally forwards, or it can capture by jumping two diagonally forwards to an empty square, taking the enemy piece it jumps across. There is no possibility for multiple captures here.

The object of the game is to take all pieces of the opponent.

Game invented by Sergey Sirotkin. Webpage made by Hans Bodlaender, based on email of Sergey Sirotkin.
WWW page created: January 17, 2000.