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27 - Shogi.
The Japanese form of Chess, in which players get to keep and replay captured pieces.
17 - Chess.
The rules of chess.
17 - Xiangqi (象棋): Chinese Chess.
Links and rules for Xiangqi (Chinese Chess).
14 - Chess with Different Armies by Ralph Betza.
Betza's classic variant where white and black play with different sets of pieces
13 - Alice Chess by Vernon Parton.
Classic Variant where pieces switch between two boards whenever they move
12 - Janggi: Korean Chess.
The variant of chess played in Korea.
11 - Chu Shogi.
Historic Japanese favorite, featuring a multi-capturing Lion
11 - Rococo by Peter Aronson and David Howe.
A clear, aggressive Ultima variant on a 10x10 ring board
10 - Grand Chess by Christian Freeling.
Christian Freeling's popular large chess variant on 10 by 10 board. Rules and links.
10 - Eurasian Chess by Fergus Duniho.
Synthesis of European and Asian forms of Chess
10 - Shako by Jean-Louis Cazaux.
Cannons and elephants are added in variant on 10 by 10 board.
10 - Sovereign Chess by Mark Bates.
Ten neutral armies can be activated on this 16 x 16 board
9 - Fischer Random Chess by Robert Fischer.
Play from a random setup
9 - Pocket Mutation Chess by Michael Nelson.
Take one of your pieces off the board, maybe change it, keep it in reserve, and drop it on the board later.
9 - Caïssa Britannia by Fergus Duniho.
British themed variant with Lions, Unicorns, Dragons, Anglican Bishops, and a royal Queen.
9 - Gross Chess by Fergus Duniho.
A big variant with a small learning curve
9 - Spartan Chess by Steven Streetman.
A game with unequal armies.
8 - Wildebeest Chess by R. Schmittberger.
Variant on an 10 by 11 board with extra jumping pieces.
8 - Centennial Chess by John Brown.
10x10 Variant that adds Camels, Stewards, Rotating Spearmen and Murray Lions to the standard mix
8 - Falcon Chess by George Duke.
Game on an 8x10 board with a new piece: The Falcon
8 - Opulent Chess by Greg Strong.
A derivative of Grand Chess with additional jumping pieces (Lion and Wizard)
7 - Makruk (Thai chess).
Rules and information.
7 - Dimension X by Gary Gifford.
Chess on two planes - one with the usual chess pieces, the other with spooky trans-dimensional pieces with strange interactions
7 - Great Shatranj by Joe Joyce.
Great Shatranj
7 - Apothecary Chess-Modern by Aurelian Florea.
Large board variant obtained through tinkering with known games
7 - Metamachy by Jean-Louis Cazaux.
Large game with a variety of regular fairy pieces
6 - Capablanca's chess by Jose Capablanca.
An enlarged chess variant, proposed by Capablanca
6 - Crazyhouse.
A two-player version of Bughouse.
6 - Hexagonal Chess, Glinski's by Wladyslaw Glinski.
Chess on a board made out of hexagons. Classical variant of Glinski.
6 - Janus Chess by Werner Schoendorf.
Variant on 10 by 8 board.
6 - Omega Chess by DanielMacdonald.
Rules for commercial chess variant on board with 104 squares.
6 - Tamerlane chess.
A well-known historic large variant of Shatranj.
6 - Grand Shatranj by Joe Joyce.
Grand Shatranj
6 - Opulent Lemurian Shatranj by David Paulowich.
Joe Joyce's Shaman and Hero pieces are now on a larger board.
5 - Bughouse.
4 player variant where pieces taken from your opponent are given to your partner.
5 - Courier Chess.
A large historic variant from Medieval Europe
5 - Shatranj.
The widely played Arabian predecessor of modern chess.
5 - Ultima by Robert Abbott.
Game where each type of piece has a different capturing ability. Also called Baroque.
5 - Modern Shatranj by Joe Joyce.
A bridge between modern chess and the historic game of Shatranj.
5 - Apothecary Chess-Classic by Aurelian Florea.
Large board variant obtained through tinkering with known games
5 - Cetran Chess 2 by Carlos Cetina.
5 - Chaturanga.
The first known variant of chess.
5 - Fusion Chess by Fergus Duniho.
Variant in which pieces may merge together or split apart.
5 - Grand Cavalier Chess by Fergus Duniho.
The decimal version of Cavalier Chess
5 - Perfect 12 by Jean-Louis Cazaux.
36 pieces per player on 12 by 12 board.
5 - Renniassance Chess by Eric Greenwood.
With 68 pieces on board of 12 by 12.
5 - Sac Chess by Kevin Pacey.
Game with 60 pieces
5 - Shako_Balbo by wdtr2.
Game with Diamond Shape Board
5 - Tamerlane II by Jean-Louis Cazaux.
Modern variant based upon ancient large chess variant.
5 - Wormhole Chess by Fergus Duniho.
When a piece leaves a square, it `folds' together
4 - Dragonchess by Gary Gygax.
A three-dimensional fantasy variant.
4 - Extinction chess by R. Schmittberger.
Win by making your opponents pieces of one type extinct
4 - Hostage Chess by John Leslie.
Pieces taken are held hostage and can be exchanged against other pieces and then dropped.
4 - Losing Chess.
Taking is obligatory; the first player that loses all his pieces wins
4 - McCooey's Hexagonal chess by Dave McCooey.
Chess on a board, made out of hexes. Variant of Dave McCooey.
4 - Minishogi by Shigenobu Kusumo.
On a 5 by 5 board.
4 - Raumschach by Dr. Ferdinand Maack.
The classical variant of three-dimensional chess: 5 by 5 by 5.
4 - Catapults of Troy by Gary Gifford.
Large variant with a river, catapults, archers, and trojan horses!
4 - Arimaa by Omar Syed and Aamir Syed.
Board game playable with standard chess set, hard for computers
4 - Brouhaha by Greg Strong.
Like Chess, but it really brings the ruckus!
4 - Colossus by Charles Daniel.
Large-board chess with standard pieces and double the number of bishops, rooks and knights.
4 - Expanded Chess by Daniel Zacharias.
An attempt at a logical expansion of Chess to a 10x10 board
4 - For the Crown by Jeremy Lennert.
A commercial crossover with deck-building games
4 - Grande Acedrex.
A large variant from 13th century Europe.
4 - Jetan - Martian Chess by Edgar Burroughs.
Martian Chess, coming from the book The Chessmen of Mars.
4 - Musketeer Chess by Zied Haddad.
Adding 2 newly designed extra pieces
4 - Scirocco (revised) by Adrian King.
On ten by ten board with over thirty different pieces.
4 - Seirawan Chess by Yasser Seirawan and Bruce Harper.
FIDE chess, put players have N+R and N+B in hand to drop.
4 - Team-Mate Chess by H. G. Muller.
Variant with 8 different pieces, none of which is able to checkmate a bare king on its own.
4 - TenCubed Chess by David Paulowich.
Variant on 10 by 10 board with combination pieces
4 - Terachess II by Jean-Louis Cazaux.
An unrealistic summit on a very large board of 16x16 squares and 128 pieces
4 - Unicorn Great Chess by David Paulowich.
Lions have been added to Unicorn Chess!
4 - Xhess by David Howe.
Decimal variant with Nightriders and Cannons.
3 - Berolina Chess.
Different moving pawns
3 - Kriegspiel by Henry Temple.
With help of a referee, two players move without knowing the moves of the opponent
3 - Magnetic Chess by João Neto and Claude Chaunier.
Pieces that moved attract and repel pieces like magnets
3 - Progressive Chess.
Several variants where white moves one time, black twice, white three times, etc.
3 - Advanced Wizard Chess by Paul Newton and Andrew Newton.
Chess variant on 10 by 10 board with fantasy chess pieces
3 - AltOrth Hex Chess by Charles Gilman.
Hexagonal variant using pieces moving only one way along each orthogonal
3 - Backlash by Greg Strong.
Play on two boards, but capturing on one board leads to a backlash on the other!
3 - Butterfly Chess by Kevin Pacey.
Large board chess with butterflies (not Ns), advancers (not Qs) & flying dragons added
3 - Cataclysm by Greg Strong.
Large board game with short-range pieces designed to be dramatic without being overly complicated or dragging on too long
3 - Command and Maneuver: A Tale of Two Countries by Joe Joyce.
This is a diceless wargame,
3 - Courier-Spiel.
19th century variant of Courier Chess.
3 - Darkness Chess by Jens Nielsen.
You have only limited information on where your opponents pieces are
3 - Eight-Stone Chess by Jim Aikin.
On an 8 by 9 board with eight neutral stones
3 - Elven Chess by H. G. Muller.
10x10 variant with 4 new pieces, of which one can double-capture.
3 - Existentialist Chess by David Short.
10x10 board with many different pieces.
3 - Fantasy Grand Chess by Peter Hatch.
Variant of Grand Chess with different armies and fantasy theme.
3 - Gigachess by Jean-Louis Cazaux.
On 14 by 14 board with 20 different pieces
3 - Golden Age Chess On a Really Big Board by Ralph Betza.
Variant on 16 by 16 board with several different pieces
3 - Great chess.
An Indian/Turkish and very playable historic variant on a 10 by 10 board.
3 - Hanga Roa by Hernán Domínguez Placencia and Juan Pablo Schweitzer Kirsinger.
A chess variant inspired by the people of Easter Island.
3 - Horseman's Chess by Frank MacCrory.
Game where pieces mount and dismount
3 - Kamikaze Mortal Shogi by Fergus Duniho and Roberto Lavieri.
Send your Kamikazes on suicide missions in this Shogi variant
3 - King's Court by Sidney LeVasseur.
Variant on 8 by 12 board with Chancellors and Jesters.
3 - Latrunculi XXI by Jose Carrillo.
A 21st century variant on an ancient Chess-like game of the Roman empire
3 - Maorider Chess by Vitya Makov.
Maorider and king with unusual recruiting abilities
3 - Maxima by Roberto Lavieri.
Maxima is an interesting and exiting variant of Ultima, with new elements that make Maxima more clear and dynamic.
3 - Modern Chess by Gabriel Maura.
Variant on a 9 by 9 board with piece that combines bishop and knight moves
3 - Orwell Chess by Glenn Overby II.
Three player variant themed on George Orwell's 1984.
3 - Petteia XXI by Jose Carrillo.
A 21st century variant on an ancient Draughts-like game of the Roman empire.
3 - Quinquereme Chess by Jörg Knappen.
Large variant with a new piece, the Quinquereme.
3 - Rose Chess XII by David Paulowich.
With Nightriders, (Half-)Roses, Spotted Gryphons and War Machines.
3 - Shatranj of Troy by Gary Gifford.
A Shatranj variant with Shogi-like drops, a Trojan Horse (with 6 pieces inside),
3 - Shogun Chess by Daniel Lee.
Pieces promote and can be dropped, similar to Shogi
3 - Storm the Ivory Tower by Fergus Duniho.
A Smess adaptation of Chinese Chess
3 - TessChess by Ben Reiniger.
4D chess featuring symmetrically-moving pieces
3 - Typhoon (Revised) by Adrian King.
Corrected link.
3 - Viking Chess by Tomas Forsman.
Armies start side-by-side on a 12 x 7 board
3 - Wolf Chess by Dr. Arno von Wilpert.
Half-century old variant on board of size 8 by 10.
3 - Zanzibar-S by Jean-Louis Cazaux.
A game in between Metamachy and Zanzibar-XL with 36 pieces per side. Preferred by some to the -XL version
2 - Anti-King Chess by Peter Aronson.
Each player has both a King and an Anti-King to protect; Anti-Kings are in check when not attacked
2 - Circular Chess by Dave Reynolds.
Chess on a round board.
2 - Marseillais Chess.
Move twice per turn
2 - Smess by Perry Grant.
Produced and sold in the early 70's by Parker Brothers. Arrows on squares determine direction pieces can move.
2 - Tridimensional Chess (Star Trek) by Andrew Bartmess.
Three-dimensional chess from Star Trek.
2 - Crazy 38's by Ben Good.
On strange board with 38 squares.
2 - Flip Chess and Flip Shogi by John Brown.
Pieces have two sides with different movements on board of 38 squares.
2 - Odin's Rune Chess by Gary Gifford.
A game inspired by Carl Jung's concept of synchronicity, runes, and Nordic Mythology.
2 - 4 Kings Quasi-Shatranj by Kevin Pacey.
Each side has 4 Kings, all pieces are short range
2 - 4*Chess (four dimensional chess) by Kevin Pacey.
Four dimensional chess using sixteen 4x4 boards & 96 pieces.
2 - 12 Sharp Chess by Charles Gilman.
4-player versions of 10-or-more-file variants on cross-shaped boards
2 - Al-Ces by Köksal Karakus.
Variant on 10 by 10 board with 30 pieces per player
2 - Altair by Roberto Lavieri.
Altair is a modern game with an oriental flavor.
2 - Amazons by Walter Zamkauskas.
Queens fire arrows to make squares unpassable. Last player that moves wins.
2 - Assimilation Chess by Fergus Duniho.
Increase your material by assimilating your opponent's pieces.
2 - Asymmetric Chess by Dmitry Eskin.
Chess with alternative units but classical types and mechanics
2 - Atlantean Barroom Shatranj by Joe Joyce.
Atlantean Barroom Shatranj Rules
2 - Atomic chess by Nassah Taher.
Pieces explode when captured.
2 - Balbo's chess by M Balbo.
Board with a strange shape designed to make Bishops stronger in relation to Rooks
2 - Cavalier Chess by Fergus Duniho.
All pieces except queens have some kind of knight-movement
2 - Chaturanga - Four Kings - Double Mate .
2 - Chess+ by Nick Bentley and Christian Freeling.
Players choose when and where to place their pieces behind the pawns.
2 - Chess-Battle by A. Yurgelevich.
War variant from the Soviet-Union, 1933
2 - Chess 2 - The Sequel by David Sirlin.
Different armies, a new winning condition, and duels
2 - Chessgi.
Drop the pieces you take from your opponent.
2 - Chieftain Chess by Joe Joyce.
This is a large variant using 4 royal pieces. It features command control and multi-piece moves.
2 - Clockwork Orange Chess by Fergus Duniho.
Captured pieces are replaced with non-capturing counterparts.
2 - Cylindrical Chess.
Sides of the board are supposed to be connected
2 - Deception Chess by Greg Shanker.
Each piece has two identities, Cloak and concealed Base
2 - Double Chess by David Short.
On 16 by 8 board
2 - Euchess by Carlos Cetina.
Grand chess variant on 10 by 10 board
2 - European Chess by AlexNisnevich.
A multiplayer, different armies form of chess.
2 - Fischer-Benko Chess by Davor Vujacic.
Three pieces are placed randomly, the other five by the players.
2 - Flipworld by JohnRyan.
Pieces are on both sides of a disc
2 - Frog Chess by Kevin Pacey.
Play chess with added frogs (ferz-threeleaper compound) on 10x8 board
2 - Gigachess II by Jean-Louis Cazaux.
Evolution of Gigachess (2001)
2 - Granlem Shatranj by Joe Joyce.
This is a mash-up of Grand Shatranj & Lemurian Shatranj with a 3 moves/player turn option
2 - GraTiA by Charles Gilman.
A blend of two historic variants
2 - Hannibal Chess by Kevin Pacey.
Chess with added Modern Elephants (ferz-alfil compound) on 10x8 board
2 - Hanten Shogi by Adam DeWitt.
Variant of Suzumu Shogi with different promotion rules.
2 - Heroes Hexagonal Chess version 2 by Tony Quintanilla.
Updated version of Heroes Hexagonal Chess in 91 hexes.
2 - Hiashatar.
Mongolian Great Chess played on a 10x10 board with a pair of Bodyguard pieces per side
2 - Hyperchess4 by Joe Joyce.
Hyperchess updated: changed rules, discussion, sample game, etc
2 - Invasion by Jean-Louis Cazaux.
A military inspired Chess variant played on an 84-squares board.
2 - Jester Chess by Thomas Havel.
Large variant, with four new pieces including Jester that imitates opponents last type of move.
2 - Knightmare Chess.
The American version of Tempete sur l'Echiquier
2 - Lemurian Shatranj by Joe Joyce.
An 8x8 chess variant featuring shortrange pieces which may change directions.
2 - Lions and Unicorns Chess by David Paulowich.
With the 16 standard pieces and 4 powerful leapers.
2 - Macrochess by Robert Potter.
2 - Neutral King Chess by Vernon Parton.
V.R. Parton's game where two armies share a King both must try to mate.
2 - Orda Chess by Daniel Lee.
Asymmetric variant where one army has pieces that move like knights but capture differently
2 - Paco Shako by Felix Albers.
Pieces coexist peacefully on target square after capture
2 - Philosophers Chess by Darren Izzard.
Chess variant on two small boards with usual and `philosophical' pieces.
2 - PiRaTeKnIcS by David Jagger.
Pirates on ships fight each other in 44-squares chess variant
2 - Pocket Shogi Copper by wdtr2.
A Variant of Shogi with Copper General and Pocket
2 - Pocket Shogi Plus by wdtr2.
Shogi Like game with a pocket to store and move pieces
2 - Royal and His Pet by Zhedric Meneses.
2 - Secutor Chess by M Winther.
Introducing the Secutor piece, and new collision-capture, on a Gustavian board (zrf available).
2 - Seenschach by Jörg Knappen.
Variant on 10 by 10 board with lake in the middle and new pieces
2 - Separate Realms Chess by Michael Nelson and Peter Aronson.
Pieces capture like normal FIDE pieces, but have limited moves that only take them to part of the board when not capturing
2 - Shatranji by Fergus Duniho.
A hybrid of Shatranj and Chessgi.
2 - Sittuyin (Burmese Chess).
2 - Sons of Mithra by Michael Gummelt and Holly Gummelt.
Elaborate Fantasy variant with 13 different types of pieces per side
2 - Spookyhouse Chess by Lily Dawn.
Strange and tricky dropchess
2 - Suzumu Shogi by Adam DeWitt.
16x16 Shogi variant based on Tenjiku Shogi.
2 - Taishin Shogi by Adam DeWitt.
Enormous variant of Suzumu Shogi based on Tai Shogi and Taikyoku Shogi
2 - Tenjiku Shogi.
Fire Demons burn surrounding enemies, Generals capture jumping many pieces
2 - Teramachy by Jean-Louis Cazaux.
A chess variant between Metamachy and Terachess
2 - Thunder Chess by Fergus Duniho.
A hybrid of Metamorph Chess, Fusion Chess, and Assimilation Chess.
2 - Tim's 3d Chess by Tim O'Lena.
On a 5x5x5 board with two kings per player
2 - UC-170-13 by Carlos Cetina.
Universal Chess version featuring 170 different kind of major pieces and 13 different kind of pawns.
2 - Universal Chess by Carlos Cetina.
Introducing castling and the possibility of Black making the drops before White.
2 - Voidrider Chess by Fergus Duniho.
A 43 square variant with movable spaces
2 - Wide Chess by Kevin Pacey.
Chess with 2 types of non-colourbound elephants added on a 12x8 board using fast castling rules
2 - Wide Nightrider Chess by Kevin Pacey.
Chess on a 12x10 board with Nightriders, Champions and fast castling rules
2 - Wildebeest Decimal Chess by erik.
A Wildebeest Chess adaptation to the decimal board.
2 - Wild Kingdom by Nick Wolff.
Animal armies battle for control of the Wild Kingdom!
2 - Wizard's War by Michael Nelson.
Game with piece-creating Wizards and a board divided into arena and enchanted sections
2 - Yangsi by Adam DeWitt.
A very playable chess variant with 12 different pieces on a 10x10 board.
1 - Avalanche chess by Ralph Betza.
A popular chess variant, where you advance your opponents pawns
1 - Chaturanga for four players..
Oldest multiplayer chess variant.
1 - Los Alamos variant.
Chess on a 6 by 6 board from the early days of computing.
1 - Pocket knight.
Each player has a knight that he can drop during the game.
1 - Capablanca Random Chess by Reinhard Scharnagl.
Randomized setup for Capablanca chess
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1 - 3D Great Shatranj by Joe Joyce.
A simple approach to 3D chess
1 - 4-way chess by Taurus games by Stephen Stockman.
Commercial fourhanded chess variant
1 - 4D Hexagonal Chess by Kevin Pacey.
4D analogue of Glinski's Hexagonal Chess based on Hyperchess4
1 - 4D Quasi-Alice Chess by Kevin Pacey.
8x8x2x2 four dimensional game with 32 pieces
1 - 16Chess by Zhedric Meneses.
Game with 4 royal pieces
1 - 88 Hexagons Chess by Davor Vujacic.
Hexagonal chess on chessboard with 88 hexagons
1 - 125 Percent Shogi and 125 Percent Xiang Qi by Charles Gilman.
4-player versions of Oriental variants on cross-shaped boards
1 - 123456 Chess by (zzo38) A. Black.
Uses 2 dices for each player and 2 checkers for each player, in addition to normal chess pieces.
1 - A9 HexaChess (Imperial Grand HexaChess) by Graeme Neatham.
Large variant of Grand Hexachess.
1 - ABC Chess by Jeff Stroud.
A variant with 8 armies of pieces generated by combining 1, 2 or 3 simpler pieces.
1 - Abecedarian Big Chess (ABChess) by Glenn Overby II.
Buy-your-own-army variant on a big board; 26 piece types.
1 - Against the Odds by Daniel MacDuff.
1 - Aliens vs Predators by Namik Zade.
1 - Alpaca Chess by M Winther.
Introducing the weak but interesting Alpaca, which hops one or two steps rookwise (with zrf).
1 - AltOrth with Further Piece Types by Charles Gilman.
Extending the AltOrth interpretation of hex cells to further variants
1 - AltOrth with Hopping and Crooked pieces by Charles Gilman.
Extending the AltOrth interpretation of hex cells to further variants
1 - Angels and Devils by Greg Strong.
Chess game where white has two Angels and black has two Devils
1 - Armies of Faith 6: After Empire by Charles Gilman.
The last in a series of 3d variants themed on various religions of history
1 - Bario by Panos Louridas.
Pieces are undefined until they move.
1 - Bear Chess by Mikhail Sosnovsky.
A popular Russian game; bears leap to second perimeter
1 - Beautiful Beasts by Jörg Knappen.
A new team for Chess with Different Armies based on the Roc
1 - Ben 39 by Ben Good.
Pieces move on squares and corners of board with 37 fixed and two movable squares.
1 - Bilateral Chess by Antoine Fourrière.
Game on 12x8 board adding Lions, switching Cannons, Wizards and pushing Elephants, but keeping the standard array in the middle
1 - Bird's Chess by Henry Bird.
Chess variant on 10 by 8 board from 19th century England
1 - Blocschach by Charles Gilman.
Not only is the size of the back rank squared, so is its composition.
1 - Bombalot by Bruce Harper.
Bombs can wipe out most pieces on the board.
1 - Bomberman Chess by BryanLambert.
Variant on 8 by 10 board with bombs and diffusers
1 - Brotherhood chess by Gianluca Vecchi.
Pieces cannot take pieces of the same type
1 - Byelorussian Cheskers by N. Grushevsky.
Crossover between chess and Russian draughts.
1 - Cannon Shosu Shogi by Adam DeWitt.
Variant of Shosu Shogi with Dogs and Cannons.
1 - Cannons of Chesstonia by Gary Gifford.
Cannons launch a Pawn, Wazir, Ferz and Stone to increase strategical and tactical play.
1 - Capablanca Shatranj by Christine Bagley-Jones.
Capablanca Chess with Chancellor and Archbishop replaced by Shatranj type pieces
1 - Captain Spalding Chess by Ralph Betza.
Find an Elephant in your Pajamas
1 - Carrousel Chess by Kevin Pacey.
Game with 32 pieces
1 - Cashew Shogi by H. G. Muller.
Many pieces must promote on capture, and some can multi-capture
1 - Cat's Chess by (zzo38) A. Black.
1 - CCC - The Clash of Civilizations Chess by Namik Zade.
1 - Chad by Christian Freeling.
Castles and walls in a strategic deep chess variant.
1 - Chariots by David Jagger.
Standard pieces start as pairs with shared capabilities, but can separate and recombine.
1 - Cheshire Cat Chess by Vernon Parton.
Squares are disappearing
1 - Chesimals: Autonomous Multi-unit Pieces by Joe Joyce.
self-contained autonomous multi-square pieces
1 - Cheskers by Solomon Golomb.
Cross-variant between chess and checkers.
1 - Chess 1010 by Kevin Pacey.
Game played with 40 pieces
1 - Chessembly by JT K.
Open Board Setup, Free Placement Chess
1 - Chess Empire by Harry Jackson.
Large four player chess variant
1 - Chess on a Longer Board with a few Pieces Added by David Howe.
On a 10 row by 8 column board, with three new pieces.
1 - Chess on a Really Big Board by Ralph Betza.
Chess on multiple chess boards
1 - Chess with Batteries by Roberto Lavieri.
Special Battery piece which augments the powers of other pieces.
1 - Chess with checkers added by (zzo38) A. Black.
Add checkers in front of the pawns
1 - Chess with Promoters by Roberto Lavieri.
1 - Chevron Ranks by Charles Gilman.
Pieces use the "ranks" based on the Glinkshy/McCooey analogues to FIDE Pawn ranks
1 - Chigorin Chess by Ralph Betza.
White has knights instead of bishops and a chancellor for his queen; black has bishops instead of knights
1 - Chimera Chess by Albert Lee.
The highlight of this chess variant are the Chimera pieces, which are substantially enhanced versions of the orthodox Knight.
1 - Chushin Shogi by Adam DeWitt.
Enlarged version of Suzumu Shogi on an 18x18 board.
1 - Citadel by Karen Robinson.
Simple chess variant from early 20th century on 45 degrees turned board.
1 - Citadelir chess by Daphne Snowmoon.
Grand chess + Tamerlane chess + Omega Chess
1 - Clash of Civilization Chess (Shuffle Version) by Namik Zade.
The Clash of Civilizations Chess (shuffle version)
1 - Congo by Demian Freeling.
Animals fight on 7 by 7 board.
1 - Corral Chess by Doug Chatham.
Force the opponent to the center in this 45/46 Cell Contest entry
1 - Counsellor Chess by R. Wells.
Variant on 12 by 8 board that adds Elephants and Counsellors
1 - Courier Chess Moderno by Jose Carrillo.
1 - Courier de los Combinados by Charles Gilman.
A cross between Courier de la Dama and Wildebeest Chess
1 - Courier Leapale by Charles Gilman.
Extrapolating Courier Kamil to 3 dimensions
1 - Dai Dai Shogi.
Historical large Shogi variant
1 - Dai Mitregi by Charles Gilman.
Still larger Mitregi offshoot, replacing the Generals with longer-range pieces
1 - Dai Shogi.
Large armies including a multi-capturing Lion battle each other on a big board
1 - Decima by Michael Nelson.
Variant on 10 by 10 board where you win when you have 10 points on the 10th row.
1 - Decimaka by H. G. Muller.
Game where pieces promote on making a capture
1 - Diagonal pawn chess by Joel .
Pawns always move diagonally, whether capturing or not.
1 - Dice chess (wikipedia rules).
Dice chess using 2 dice, wikipedia rules.
1 - Directed Alice III by Joe Joyce.
a 3-board Alice Chess variant
1 - Dragons, Archers, and Oxen by Jim Aikin.
Chess variant on a 10 by 10 board
1 - Dueling Archbishops by JasonWittman.
Chess variant on 2 by 3 board
1 - Duggan's Fantasy Chess by Sean Duggan.
Game where usual pieces become mercenaries, horsemen, golems, assassins and adapts
1 - Duggan's Fantasy Chess (revised) by Sean Duggan.
Revised and Improved version of fantasy Chess variant
1 - echess by bp .
(Micro) Evolutionary CHESS game
1 - Ecumenical Chess by Charles Gilman.
Set of Variants incorporating Camels and Camel compound pieces
1 - Edgehog Chess by John Driver.
Three Chess variants featuring John Driver's edge-loving piece the Edgehog
1 - EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEX! Chess by (zzo38) A. Black.
A game designed to be as different to chess as possible while still being the same as chess
1 - Elevator by Ben Good.
Three-dimensional chess variant with moving elevators and walking, vaulting and flying pieces
1 - Embassy Chess by Kevin Hill.
A 10x8 variant based on Grand Chess
1 - Epic Chess by Вадря Покштя.
Massive attack chess on a board 10x10
1 - ExCoCo Chess by Graeme Neatham.
EXtends and COmbines the COurier variants
1 - Extra Move Chess by Fergus Duniho.
Double-move variant based on limitations of Zillions of Games
1 - Fianchetto Chess by Jack Middleman.
Rooks and bishops switched in opening setup
1 - Fibonacci Chess by David Bradley.
Players can make multiple moves per turn, the number determined by the fast growing Fibonacci sequence
1 - Fighting Chess by Tony Berard.
A reform to Chess that eliminates stalemate and strengthens some of the pieces.
1 - File Sharing Chess by JT K.
File Sharing, pawn swapping, always passed pawns
1 - Fivequarters by Charles Gilman.
Four-player game on a cross-shaped board where most pieces can promote
1 - Force Field Chess by Douglas Seiden-Sacharovich.
1 - Free corners chess by Sergey Sirotkin.
In the corners of seven by seven board, three squares form together one field.
1 - Full house hexagonal chess by Kevin Pacey.
Game with 50 pieces
1 - Game of Nemoroth by Ralph Betza.
For the sake of your sanity, do not read this variant!
1 - Ganymede Chess by Mark Hedden.
A 12x12 variant inspired by Ralph Betza's Chess on a really big board, Centennial Chess and Adrian King's Typhoon (among others)
1 - Gess by Archimedeans Society.
A Chess variant played on a Go board where pieces are collections of go stones
1 - Giant Chess by Köksal Karakus.
16x16 board with the same pieces as Turkish Chess, but also the "Dev" piece which takes up four squares
1 - Goal Box Chess by Kevin McPartland.
Game on 42 squares with no King and the goal of placing pieces into 2 special squares.
1 - Grand Betza by John Davis.
A tribute to Ralph Betza on a 10x10 board with pawns on the third rank as in Grand Chess
1 - Grand Shatranj N W by Mark Simpson.
Shatranj with 10 individual pieces + pawns per army
1 - Grasshopper Chess by Joseph Boyer.
Each player has eight additional grasshoppers.
1 - Great Whale Shogi by R. Schmittberger.
Great Whale Shogi by R. Wayne Schmittberger
1 - Gufuu Shogi by Georg Dunkel.
Tiny variant on a 2x3 board with four pieces.
1 - Gutenschach by Charles Gilman.
3d variant using only planar pieces
1 - Gyaku-sama Shogi by Adam DeWitt.
Smaller version of Hanten Shogi on a 13x13 board.
1 - Gyokugi by Charles Gilman.
Extends chevron ranks to analogues of Shogi generals, named after individual jewels
1 - Hadean Chess by Charles Daniel.
Expanded chess with short-range linear jumpers, augmented knights and zebras and more dynamic pawns.
1 - Hajiku Shogi by Edward Webb.
Inspired by Shogi and Chu Shogi. Pieces can both promote and demote in promotion zone.
1 - Half Chess by John Groeneman.
On a 4 by 8 board without pawns.
1 - Heavy Chess by Jean-Louis Cazaux.
A high-density chess-variant-variant
1 - Heavy Gravity Chess by Gary Gifford.
Chess with heavy gravity, Knights can't jump, Queens, Bishops, and Rooks are limited to 4 spaces per move, Kings move 1 diagonal
1 - Hectochess by Adam DeWitt.
10x10 variant that can be played with 2 mismatched Chess sets.
1 - Hexagonal Raumschach by Kevin Pacey.
Three dimensional analogue of Glinski's Hexagonal Chess, based on Raumschach
1 - Hexajedrez by Carlos Cetina.
Variation of Dave McCooey's Hexagonal Chess
1 - Hex Shogi 91 by Fergus Duniho.
A hexagonal Shogi variant on a 91-space board
1 - Hishigata Shogi by Sean Humby.
Variation of Maka-Dai-Dai Shogi (ultra large Shogi).
1 - Hook Shogi by Adam DeWitt.
Smaller version of Taishin Shogi on a 19x19 board.
1 - Hubbub by Greg Strong.
A variant of Bruhaha with more short-range pieces
1 - I-Chess by Aurelian Florea.
Large board variant that adds two more piece types: the wolf and the eagle
1 - Insurrection by Fogus.
Capturing causes promotion, demotion, or a coup in the opponent's ranks
1 - Ito Shogi by Jonathan Rutherford.
1 - Janus Kamil Chess by Jörg Knappen.
A crossover between Janus Chess and Modern Kamil Chess.
1 - Jetan, the game of by Edgar Burroughs.
Extensive discussion of various versions of the rules of Jetan
1 - Jetan-Sarang by James Spratt.
A large variation of Jetan.
1 - Jumping Chess by Peter Aronson.
Pieces capture by jumping. Board has extra edge squares making it 10x10
1 - Jumping Knights Chess by David Paulowich.
Nightriders replace Knights and War Machines have also been added to Jumping Chess.
1 - Jupiter by Adrian King.
Huge chess variant on 16 by 16 board.
1 - Jupiter (Revised) by Adrian King.
1 - Klin Zha by Leonard Loyd Jr..
Chesslike game played by Klingons from Star Trek on triangular board.
1 - Knavish Shatranj by Jörg Knappen.
Shatranj with Knaves and Debtors
1 - Knight Court by JasonWittman.
Mate the knight with three pieces per player on a three by three board.
1 - Knightmate by Bruce Zimov.
Win by mating the knight
1 - Koopa Chess by Ralph Betza.
Form of chess based on the Mario Brothers series of video games.
1 - Korean Random Chess by Jose Carrillo.
A Korean Chess variation with a random setup and a few new rules
1 - Ladies and Generals by Charles Gilman.
Array diagram converted to new-style virtual single image
1 - Lancers Chess by JT K.
chess with lancer piece, lancers instead of knights
1 - Lemniscate Chess by David Cannon.
Chess played on a Lemniscate board (in the shape of an infinity symbol)
1 - Lifeform Chess by Daniel MacDuff.
Instead of individual units, pieces are parts of the body of a giant animal.
1 - Lines of Relay (LoR) by Jörg Knappen.
Chess variant featuring a new type of morphing piece, the Lore apprentice, on a standard board together with the standard pieces
1 - Macadamia Shogi by H. G. Muller.
Pieces promote on capture to multi-capturing monsters
1 - Maces, Horse-apults, and Tulpas by Gary Gifford.
The game of Maces and Horse-apults with the likely use of tulpas pieces.
1 - Maces and Horse-apults by Gary Gifford.
Chess with mace pieces and specialized catapults (horse-apults).
1 - Mad Chess by JasonWittman.
Chess variant with unequal armies on 10 by 10 board.
1 - Maka Dai Dai Shogi.
Pieces promote on capture, some to multi-capturing monsters
1 - Matrix Chess by David Cannon.
Chess played on a tessellation of pentagons and diamonds. The name comes from the matrix in which diamonds are found.
1 - Medusa Shogi by Gary Gifford.
1 - Meirav by כהן דותן.
Pieces are buried before they are captured, buried pieces may capture other buried pieces.
1 - Mercurial Chess by Mark Hedden.
A variant on 42 squares with a satallite board and the rescue of captured pieces.
1 - Millennial Chess by John Brown.
Variant on 12 by 12 board with new pieces.
1 - Millennium 3D Chess (tm) by William D’Agostino.
1 - Mimic Chess by Nick Wolff.
Chess on a larger board with 3 new pieces with constantly changing movement capabilities.
1 - mini-Chieftain by Joe Joyce.
One Small Multi-Move Game in Two Configurations
1 - Mini Thunder Chess by Fergus Duniho.
A small-scale hybrid of Metamorph Chess, Fusion Chess, and Assimilation Chess.
1 - Mir Chess by David Paulowich.
A variant part way between Shatranj and modern chess, with Chinese cannons added.
1 - Mitsugumi Shogi by Adam DeWitt.
Smaller variant of Suzumu Shogi on a 13x13 board.
1 - Modern Kamil by Nuno Cruz.
Two variants that add the Camel to the standard Orthochess array on enlarged boards
1 - Modern Random Chess by Jose Carrillo.
1 - Nachtmahr by Jörg Knappen.
Game with seven different kinds of Nightriders
1 - Nietzsche Chess by Charles Gilman.
That which does not capture a piece, makes it stronger.
1 - Noble WingS Chess by Mark Simpson.
Noble Wing - with twice as many variant pieces.
1 - Nutty Shogi by H. G. Muller.
Pieces jump over many others, and a Fire Demon burns neighbors
1 - OctHex 146 by Charles Gilman.
Arranging the geometry of Tetrahedral Chess into an octahedron
1 - Omega Chess by Gabriel Maura.
Players have many pieces that can only move in the direction they point at.
1 - Outback Chess by Timothy Newton.
New pieces on plus-shaped board
1 - Paired Piece Tunnelchess by Charles Gilman.
A new approach to the Tunnelchess first rank
1 - Pandemonium by Daphne Snowmoon.
Capablanca chess + Crazyhouse
1 - Panoply by Daniel Zacharias.
A large hexagonal game with unusual pieces
1 - Parachess by Tony Paletta.
Chess on a rhombus-tiled board.
1 - Pillars of Medusa by Gary Gifford.
A variation of Turkish Great Chess plus two additional pieces, the Morph and the Medusa.
1 - Pink Chess by H. G. Muller.
White has two Kings, black two Queens as royal pieces
1 - Pocket Polypiece Chess 43 by Antoine Fourrière.
Game with off-board pocket where all pieces of a type change when one piece of a type is moved normally
1 - Power Chess 1998 by Ronald Hoekstra.
Taken pieces can reenter.
1 - Queens or Castles by Gary Gifford.
Name, graphics and rules modified.
1 - Racing Kings by Vernon Parton.
From a special setup, be the first to have your king reach the last row
1 - Refusal Chess by Fred Galvin.
Refuse your opponent to make certain moves.
1 - Remarkable Rookies by Ralph Betza.
A team for Chess with Different Armies with Rook-like pieces
1 - Replacement Chess.
Captured pieces must be put on an empty square on the board.
1 - Rifle Chess by W. B. Seabrook.
Pieces are taken by shooting: capturing without moving
1 - Ringworld Chess by Charles Gilman.
Themed hex variant differentiating opposite directions along orthogonals
1 - Rotor-blades Chess by David Cannon.
Game played on a board that is both circular and trigonal.
1 - Round Honeycomb Chess by David Cannon.
A cross between Circular/Cylindrical Chess and Hexagonal Chess.
1 - Round Table Chess by Richard VanDeventer.
Chess variant on a board with round and square part.
1 - Samarcanda by Nuno Cruz.
Variant of Mideast Chess with Crooked Bishops
1 - Scirocco (original) by Adrian King.
On ten by ten board with over thirty different pieces.
1 - Separate Realms Chess II by Jörg Knappen.
A Variant of Separate Realms Chess with standard FIDE King, and more powerful Knights and Queens
1 - SerPent Chess 50 by Charles Gilman.
Pentagonal cells form hexagonal blocks in two ways.
1 - Share Squares by JT K.
AKA "Two's Company; Three's a Crowd" shared square chess
1 - Shatar.
Mongolian chess.
1 - Shatranj Kamil (64) by David Paulowich.
Modern Shatranj based variant on 8 by 8 board with new pieces
1 - Shatranj Kamil X by David Paulowich.
Shatranj Kamil, with new pieces from Jetan, Shogi and Xiangqi
1 - Shosu Shogi by Adam DeWitt.
10x10 Shogi variant with Queens and more powerful promoted pieces.
1 - Sorcerer Chess by Charles Daniel.
Practice the art of sorcery with two pairs of extra long leaping pieces: the Sorcerers and Conjurers.
1 - Star Pool Chess by Peter Aronson and Tony Quintanilla.
Large variant of Makruk, with a center non-square that acts as a bridge.
1 - Stealth Chess by Dice Corporation.
Commercial game with elements from Chess and from Stratego
1 - Stock Goes East 25 files by Charles Gilman.
Stockschach-style analogues to Shogi, Xiang Qi, and offshoots
1 - Stock Goes East 49 files by Charles Gilman.
Stockschach-style analogues to Shogi, Xiang Qi, and offshoots
1 - Stockschach by Charles Gilman.
3d game with "stock" 3d analogues to FIDE pieces
1 - String Chess by Aaron Hall.
A one-dimensional variant with a fairy theme
1 - Switching Realms Chess by Jörg Knappen.
All noncapturing moves must change the board subset a piece occupies
1 - Symmetric Chess by Carlos Cetina.
Variant with two queens flanking the king usig the Bishops Conversion Rule.
1 - Symmetric Sissa by Carlos Cetina.
Variant on 9 by 9 board with symmetric setup and two Sissa's (generalized Knight-like sliders)
1 - Symmetron! 112 by Antoine Fourrière and Roberto Lavieri.
Large version of Symmetron!, with a third modifier.
1 - Synochess by Daniel Lee.
Asymmetric west vs east variant where the western chess army plays against a Chinese and Korean-inspired army
1 - Taikyoku Shogi.
Extremely large shogi variant.
1 - Take Over Chess by Tony Quintanilla.
Jump across pieces to take them over from your opponent.
1 - Tardis Taijitu by Charles Gilman.
Xiang Qi board but with movable, bigger-inside-than-outside Fortresses
1 - TAXI: The Nuclear C.a.B. Chess Game by Joe Joyce.
Yet another 45-46 Square Contest entry
1 - Templar Chess by Adrian Alvarez de la Campa.
Features the unorthodox Templar on a board with eight extra squares.
1 - Tengu Dai Shogi by H. G. Muller.
Turbo version of Dai Shogi, with some Dai Dai Shogi pieces
1 - Tepuy by Roberto Lavieri.
A territorial game, with unique setup, movement and capturing.
1 - Terrain Chess by Ronald Drinning.
Roll dice to create impassable squares.
1 - Tetrahedral Chess by Mark Thompson.
Three dimensional variant with board in form of tetrahedron.
1 - Tetrahedral Shogi and Tetrahedral Hexgi by Charles Gilman.
Shogi-based 3d variants on an enlargement of the Tetrahedral Chess board
1 - Threatened Pawn Chess by Sydney Schultz.
Pawns start in threatened positions.
1 - Throne Chess by Kevin Pacey.
Same game as chess, except playing King to K8 wins too, by Thronemate
1 - Through the Looking-Glass by Paolo .
Alice chess, but you see only a board
1 - Timeline by George Marino.
Pieces travel through time on four 4 x 4 x 4 boards.
1 - Time Travel Chess by Gary Gifford.
Pieces can travel into the Future. Kings can also return to the Past!
1 - Tori Shogi by Ohashi Soei.
Tori Shogi, or Bird Shogi. A variant of Japanese Chess on a 7 by 7 board.
1 - Total Symmetry Chess by Davor Vujacic.
24 random balanced symmetrical starting positions
1 - Treeleaders Chess by Erez Schatz.
Large variant with non-similar armies.
1 - Triaxial Qi by Charles Gilman.
A 3d variant based on Xiang Qi but with triaxial steppers
1 - TRiPLiCiTY by David Jagger.
Three player hexagonal chess variant
1 - Tripunch Chess by Ralph Betza.
Knights become Nightriders, Rooks add Gryphon moves, Bishops add Aanca moves, and Queens become unbelievable
1 - Tunnelchess by Charles Gilman.
3D variant played on a stack of four Half Chess boards
1 - Turkish Great Chess, variation II.
Gollon's large historical variant.
1 - Turnover by Lúcio José Patrocínio Filho.
Three ring sizes fit into each other, combining and splitting into different pieces, sometimes taking over your opponent's.
1 - Twelve Mutation Chess by David Howe.
Variant that uses 12 mutators that may be activated or deactivated during the game
1 - Two Large Shatranj Variants by Joe Joyce.
1 - Typhoon by Adrian King.
Variant on 12 by 12 board with many different pieces.
1 - Unconventional Warfare Chess by Luiz Campos.
Variant based on modern warfare
1 - Unicorn Chess by David Paulowich.
10x10 variant with a new piece that moves as a Bishop or a Nightrider.
1 - Variants playable against the diagram's AI by H. G. Muller.
Index of variants that can be played against the interactive diagram
1 - Vyremorn Chess by Nathan McDonald.
Large variant on two overlapping square boards.
1 - Wand Chess by Ralph Betza.
Pieces have a magic wand, that gives random outcomes
1 - Warlord Games by Joe Joyce.
Structured multi-move abstract strategy games of battle
1 - War of the Worlds by Jean-Louis Cazaux.
Chess army from planet Earth against the Martian forces of Jetan
1 - Wa Shogi.
Game with many different rather weak pieces, with or without drops
1 - Waterfall Xinag-Qi by Daniil Frolov.
An elegant 3D xinag-qi variant.
1 - Weave and Dungeon by Dan Troyka.
Abstract game played on a board divided into Weave and Dungeon, with movement following different rules on each part
1 - Whale Shogi by R. Schmittberger.
Shogi variant.
1 - Wildebeast9 by wdtr2.
A Variant of Wildebeast Chess
1 - Xiang Hex by Larry Smith.
1 - Xiangqi vs Orthodox Chess by Travis Z.
1 - ximeracak. by Glenn Overby II.
A leaper-heavy fantasy variant designed for play with a standard set.
1 - Yáng Qí by Fergus Duniho.
Yankee ingenuity adds new power to Chinese Chess
1 - Zanzibar-XL by Jean-Louis Cazaux.
Further step after Metamachy. 80 pieces of 19 different pieces, with historical lineage
1 - Ziggurat by Glenn Overby II.
Mesopotamian-themed variant on a 43-square board.

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