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27 - Shogi.
The Japanese form of Chess, in which players get to keep and replay captured pieces.
 
19 - Chess.
The rules of chess.
 
17 - Xiangqi (象棋): Chinese Chess.
Links and rules for Xiangqi (Chinese Chess).
 
15 - Chess with Different Armies by Ralph Betza.
Betza's classic variant where white and black play with different sets of pieces
 
14 - Alice Chess by Vernon Parton.
Classic Variant where pieces switch between two boards whenever they move
 
13 - Chu Shogi.
Historic Japanese favorite, featuring a multi-capturing Lion
13 - Janggi: Korean Chess.
The variant of chess played in Korea.
 
12 - Rococo by Peter Aronson and David Howe.
A clear, aggressive Ultima variant on a 10x10 ring board
12 - Eurasian Chess by Fergus Duniho.
Synthesis of European and Asian forms of Chess
 
11 - Shako by Jean-Louis Cazaux.
Cannons and elephants are added in variant on 10 by 10 board.
 
10 - Grand Chess by Christian Freeling.
Christian Freeling's popular large chess variant on 10 by 10 board. Rules and links.
10 - Caïssa Britannia by Fergus Duniho.
British themed variant with Lions, Unicorns, Dragons, Anglican Bishops, and a royal Queen.
10 - Gross Chess by Fergus Duniho.
A big variant with a small learning curve
10 - Spartan Chess by Steven Streetman.
A game with unequal armies.
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 - Falcon Chess by George Duke.
Game on an 8x10 board with a new piece: The Falcon
9 - Metamachy by Jean-Louis Cazaux.
Large game with a variety of regular fairy pieces
 
8 - Makruk (Thai chess).
Rules and information.
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 - Opulent Chess by Greg Strong.
A derivative of Grand Chess with additional jumping pieces (Lion and Wizard)
 
7 - Hexagonal Chess, Glinski's by Wladyslaw Glinski.
Chess on a board made out of hexagons. Classical variant of Glinski.
7 - Janus Chess by Werner Schoendorf.
Variant on 10 by 8 board.
7 - Omega Chess by DanielMacdonald.
Rules for commercial chess variant on board with 104 squares.
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
 
6 - Capablanca's chess by Jose Capablanca.
An enlarged chess variant, proposed by Capablanca
6 - Crazyhouse.
A two-player version of Bughouse.
6 - Tamerlane chess.
A well-known historic large variant of Shatranj.
6 - Ultima by Robert Abbott.
Game where each type of piece has a different capturing ability. Also called Baroque.
6 - Brouhaha by Greg Strong.
Like Chess, but it really brings the ruckus!
6 - Grand Cavalier Chess by Fergus Duniho.
The decimal version of Cavalier Chess
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.
6 - Shako_Balbo by wdtr2.
Game with Diamond Shape Board
6 - Terachess II by Jean-Louis Cazaux.
An unrealistic summit on a very large board of 16x16 squares and 128 pieces
 
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 - Dragonchess by Gary Gygax.
A three-dimensional fantasy variant.
5 - McCooey's Hexagonal chess by Dave McCooey.
Chess on a board, made out of hexes. Variant of Dave McCooey.
5 - Shatranj.
The widely played Arabian predecessor of modern chess.
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 - Expanded Chess by Daniel Zacharias.
An attempt at a logical expansion of Chess to a 10x10 board
5 - Fusion Chess by Fergus Duniho.
Variant in which pieces may merge together or split apart.
5 - Grande Acedrex.
A large variant from 13th century Europe.
5 - Jetan - Martian Chess by Edgar Burroughs.
Martian Chess, coming from the book The Chessmen of Mars.
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 - Shogun Chess by Daniel Lee.
Pieces promote and can be dropped, similar to Shogi
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 - 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 - 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 - AltOrth Hex Chess by Charles Gilman.
Hexagonal variant using pieces moving only one way along each orthogonal
4 - Arimaa by Omar Syed and Aamir Syed.
Board game playable with standard chess set, hard for computers
4 - Colossus by Charles Daniel.
Large-board chess with standard pieces and double the number of bishops, rooks and knights.
4 - Command and Maneuver: A Tale of Two Countries by Joe Joyce.
This is a diceless wargame,
4 - Fantasy Grand Chess by Peter Hatch.
Variant of Grand Chess with different armies and fantasy theme.
4 - For the Crown by Jeremy Lennert.
A commercial crossover with deck-building games
4 - Maorider Chess by Vitya Makov.
Maorider and king with unusual recruiting abilities
4 - Musketeer Chess by Zied Haddad.
Adding 2 newly designed extra pieces
4 - Orda Chess by Daniel Lee.
Asymmetric variant where one army has pieces that move like knights but capture differently
4 - Orwell Chess by Glenn Overby II.
Three player variant themed on George Orwell's 1984.
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 - Storm the Ivory Tower by Fergus Duniho.
A Smess adaptation of Chinese Chess
4 - Synochess by Daniel Lee.
Asymmetric west vs east variant where the western chess army plays against a Chinese and Korean-inspired army
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 - Tenjiku Shogi.
Fire Demons burn surrounding enemies, Generals capture jumping many 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.
4 - 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
 
3 - Berolina Chess.
Different moving pawns
3 - Circular Chess by Dave Reynolds.
Chess on a round board.
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 - 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 - Chess+ by Nick Bentley and Christian Freeling.
Players choose when and where to place their pieces behind the pawns.
3 - Chess-Battle by A. Yurgelevich.
War variant from the Soviet-Union, 1933
3 - Chieftain Chess by Joe Joyce.
This is a large variant using 4 royal pieces. It features command control and multi-piece moves.
3 - Courier-Spiel.
19th century variant of Courier Chess.
3 - Cylindrical Chess.
Sides of the board are supposed to be connected
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 - European Chess by AlexNisnevich.
A multiplayer, different armies form of chess.
3 - Existentialist Chess by David Short.
10x10 board with many different pieces.
3 - Flipworld by JohnRyan.
Pieces are on both sides of a disc
3 - Gigachess by Jean-Louis Cazaux.
On 14 by 14 board with 20 different pieces
3 - Gigachess II by Jean-Louis Cazaux.
Evolution of Gigachess (2001)
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 - Hannibal Chess by Kevin Pacey.
Chess with added Modern Elephants (ferz-alfil compound) on 10x8 board
3 - Hex Shogi 91 by Fergus Duniho.
A hexagonal Shogi variant on a 91-space board
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 - Maasai Chess by Jean-Louis Cazaux.
Large CV with 48 pieces per side, of 20 types including both regular and rapid Pawns
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 - Petteia XXI by Jose Carrillo.
A 21st century variant on an ancient Draughts-like game of the Roman empire.
3 - Philosophers Chess by Darren Izzard.
Chess variant on two small boards with usual and `philosophical' pieces.
3 - PiRaTeKnIcS by David Jagger.
Pirates on ships fight each other in 44-squares chess variant
3 - Pocket Shogi Copper by wdtr2.
A Variant of Shogi with Copper General and Pocket
3 - Pocket Shogi Plus by wdtr2.
Shogi Like game with a pocket to store and move pieces
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 - Suzumu Shogi by Adam DeWitt.
16x16 Shogi variant based on Tenjiku Shogi.
3 - Teramachy by Jean-Louis Cazaux.
A chess variant between Metamachy and Terachess
3 - TessChess by Ben Reiniger.
4D chess featuring symmetrically-moving pieces
3 - Typhoon (Revised) by Adrian King.
Corrected link.
3 - Universal Chess by Carlos Cetina.
Introducing castling and the possibility of Black making the drops before White.
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-XL by Jean-Louis Cazaux.
Further step after Metamachy. 80 pieces of 19 different pieces, with historical lineage
 
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 - 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 - Capablanca Random Chess by Reinhard Scharnagl.
Randomized setup for Capablanca chess
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 - 125 Percent Shogi and 125 Percent Xiang Qi by Charles Gilman.
4-player versions of Oriental variants on cross-shaped boards
2 - Abecedarian Big Chess (ABChess) by Glenn Overby II.
Buy-your-own-army variant on a big board; 26 piece types.
2 - Al-Ces by Köksal Karakus.
Variant on 10 by 10 board with 30 pieces per player
2 - Aliens vs Predators by Namik Zade.
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 - Armies of Faith 6: After Empire by Charles Gilman.
The last in a series of 3d variants themed on various religions of history
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 - Bear Chess by Mikhail Sosnovsky.
A popular Russian game; bears leap to second perimeter
2 - Cannon Shosu Shogi by Adam DeWitt.
Variant of Shosu Shogi with Dogs and Cannons.
2 - Captain Spalding Chess by Ralph Betza.
Find an Elephant in your Pajamas
2 - Cashew Shogi by H. G. Muller.
Many pieces must promote on capture, and some can multi-capture
2 - Cavalier Chess by Fergus Duniho.
All pieces except queens have some kind of knight-movement
2 - Chaturanga - Four Kings - Double Mate .
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 - Chess on a Really Big Board by Ralph Betza.
Chess on multiple chess boards
2 - Chigorin Chess by Ralph Betza.
White has knights instead of bishops and a chancellor for his queen; black has bishops instead of knights
2 - Clockwork Orange Chess by Fergus Duniho.
Captured pieces are replaced with non-capturing counterparts.
2 - Congo by Demian Freeling.
Animals fight on 7 by 7 board.
2 - Dai Dai Shogi.
Historical large Shogi variant
2 - Dai Shogi.
Large armies including a multi-capturing Lion battle each other on a big board
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 - Dragons, Archers, and Oxen by Jim Aikin.
Chess variant on a 10 by 10 board
2 - Ecumenical Chess by Charles Gilman.
Set of Variants incorporating Camels and Camel compound pieces
2 - Euchess by Carlos Cetina.
Grand chess variant on 10 by 10 board
2 - Fischer-Benko Chess by Davor Vujacic.
Three pieces are placed randomly, the other five by the players.
2 - Fivequarters by Charles Gilman.
Four-player game on a cross-shaped board where most pieces can promote
2 - Frog Chess by Kevin Pacey.
Play chess with added frogs (ferz-threeleaper compound) on 10x8 board
2 - 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)
2 - Gess by Archimedeans Society.
A Chess variant played on a Go board where pieces are collections of go stones
2 - Granlem Shatranj by Joe Joyce.
This is a mash-up of Grand Shatranj & Lemurian Shatranj with a 3 moves/player turn option
2 - Grasshopper Chess by Joseph Boyer.
Each player has eight additional grasshoppers.
2 - GraTiA by Charles Gilman.
A blend of two historic variants
2 - Gyaku-sama Shogi by Adam DeWitt.
Smaller version of Hanten Shogi on a 13x13 board.
2 - Hajiku Shogi by Edward Webb.
Inspired by Shogi and Chu Shogi. Pieces can both promote and demote in promotion zone.
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 - Hunterbeest by Charles Gilman.
Large variant with one each of distinctive Nimrod pieces, and of similar set of oblique pieces
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 - Ito Shogi by Jonathan Rutherford.
2 - Jester Chess by Thomas Havel.
Large variant, with four new pieces including Jester that imitates opponents last type of move.
2 - Klin Zha by Leonard Loyd Jr..
Chesslike game played by Klingons from Star Trek on triangular board.
2 - Knavish Shatranj by Jörg Knappen.
Shatranj with Knaves and Debtors
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 - Macadamia Shogi by H. G. Muller.
Pieces promote on capture to multi-capturing monsters
2 - Macrochess by Robert Potter.
2 - Maka Dai Dai Shogi.
Pieces promote on capture, some to multi-capturing monsters
2 - Mercurial Chess by Mark Hedden.
A variant on 42 squares with a satallite board and the rescue of captured pieces.
2 - Mitsugumi Shogi by Adam DeWitt.
Smaller variant of Suzumu Shogi on a 13x13 board.
2 - Nachtmahr by Jörg Knappen.
Game with seven different kinds of Nightriders
2 - Neutral King Chess by Vernon Parton.
V.R. Parton's game where two armies share a King both must try to mate.
2 - Nutty Shogi by H. G. Muller.
Pieces jump over many others, and a Fire Demon burns neighbors
2 - Paco Shako by Felix Albers.
Pieces coexist peacefully on target square after capture
2 - Panoply by Daniel Zacharias.
A large hexagonal game with unusual pieces
2 - Pink Chess by H. G. Muller.
White has two Kings, black two Queens as royal pieces
2 - Rotor-blades Chess by David Cannon.
Game played on a board that is both circular and trigonal.
2 - Round Honeycomb Chess by David Cannon.
A cross between Circular/Cylindrical Chess and Hexagonal Chess.
2 - Round Table Chess by Richard VanDeventer.
Chess variant on a board with round and square part.
2 - Royal and His Pet by Zhedric Meneses.
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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 - Shosu Shogi by Adam DeWitt.
10x10 Shogi variant with Queens and more powerful promoted pieces.
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 - Sorcerer Chess by Charles Daniel.
Practice the art of sorcery with two pairs of extra long leaping pieces: the Sorcerers and Conjurers.
2 - Spookyhouse Chess by Lily Dawn.
Strange and tricky dropchess
2 - Taishin Shogi by Adam DeWitt.
Enormous variant of Suzumu Shogi based on Tai Shogi and Taikyoku Shogi
2 - Tengu Dai Shogi.
Turbo version of Dai Shogi, with some Dai Dai Shogi pieces
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 - Tori Shogi by Ohashi Soei.
Tori Shogi, or Bird Shogi. A variant of Japanese Chess on a 7 by 7 board.
2 - Treeleaders Chess by Erez Schatz.
Large variant with non-similar armies.
2 - Tunnelchess by Charles Gilman.
3D variant played on a stack of four Half Chess boards
2 - Turkish Great Chess, variation II.
Gollon's large historical variant.
2 - Two Large Shatranj Variants by Joe Joyce.
2 - UC-170-13 by Carlos Cetina.
Universal Chess version featuring 170 different kind of major pieces and 13 different kind of pawns.
2 - Voidrider Chess by Fergus Duniho.
A 43 square variant with movable spaces
2 - Vyremorn Chess by Nathan McDonald.
Large variant on two overlapping square boards.
2 - War of the Worlds by Jean-Louis Cazaux.
Chess army from planet Earth against the Martian forces of Jetan
2 - Wa Shogi.
Game with many different rather weak pieces, with or without drops
2 - 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
2 - Whale Shogi by R. Schmittberger.
Shogi variant.
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 Lerouge.
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.
2 - Yáng Qí by Fergus Duniho.
Yankee ingenuity adds new power to Chinese Chess
 
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.
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1 - 3 Level 4 Player Variants by Charles Gilman.
Putting 4 players on a 3d board usually used for 2
1 - 3D Great Shatranj by Joe Joyce.
A simple approach to 3D chess
1 - 3d Magna Carta Chess by Charles Gilman.
Adding Barons and Dukes to Magna Carta Chess to commemorate 8th centenary of Magna Carta
1 - 4 Armies by Patrick Riley.
Each player controls two armies.
1 - 4-Player Pothole Chess by DaveHogarty and Seth Blanchard.
Bulldozers and cars and other vehicles are pieces in 4-player chess variant.
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 - 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 - Against the Odds by Daniel MacDuff.
1 - Ajax Xiangqi by Jose Carrillo.
The Ajax 'effect' meets Chinese Chess
1 - Almost chess.
One queen has combined rook and knight moves.
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 - Antarctic Chess or Predators and Penguins by Graeme Neatham.
Penguins seek safety at the ice-pack's centre. Can the Predators stop them?
1 - Armies of Faith 1: The Dawn of Civilisation by Charles Gilman.
The first in of a series of 3d variants themed on various religions of history
1 - Armies of Faith 2: Later Antiquity by Charles Gilman.
The second in a series of 3d variants themed on various religions of history
1 - Armies of Faith 4: Schism by Charles Gilman.
The fourth in a series of 3d variants themed on various religions of history
1 - Armies of Faith 5: Spiritual and Temporal by Charles Gilman.
The fifth in a series of 3d variants themed on various religions of history
1 - Arnhem Chess by Hans Bodlaender.
Game on board of 38 squares.
1 - Bach Dang Chess by Vu Vo.
On board with 88 squares, with crafts and other special pieces and rules
1 - Bachelor Chess by Doug Chatham.
Win by mating your opponent, or marrying off your King
1 - Bachelor Kamil by Charles Gilman.
Combines ideas from Bachelor Chess and Wildebeest Chess.
1 - Bario by Panos Louridas.
Pieces are undefined until they move.
1 - Battle of Kings by Вадря Покштя.
You start with eight pawns. The rest chess pieces appear on the board during the game.
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 - Bishogi by Charles Gilman.
An attempt to take the FIDE army further towards Shogi than Chessgi does.
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 - Caliph Qi by Charles Gilman.
Extension of Isis with compound colourbound pieces and overlapping royal-accessible areas
1 - Camblam by Michael Asher.
On a 12x12 board with archers, catapults and other enhanced pieces
1 - Cannonless Xiang Qi variants by Charles Gilman.
A look at stronger variations of pre-cannon Xiangqi.
1 - Cannon Shogi and Cannon Chess by Peter Michaelsen.
Played on a 9x9 Shogi board, feature various types of 'Cannon' pieces
1 - Cannons of Chesstonia by Gary Gifford.
Cannons launch a Pawn, Wazir, Ferz and Stone to increase strategical and tactical play.
1 - Canonical Chess Variants by Tony Paletta.
A family of chess variants that blends Xiang Qi and Western Chess
1 - Capablanca Shatranj by Christine Bagley-Jones.
Capablanca Chess with Chancellor and Archbishop replaced by Shatranj type pieces
1 - Capatomic Random Chess by Gaelyn Autumnsong.
Variant that combines Capablanca Random and Stratomic Chess.
1 - Capture the Flag Chess by Thomas Cameron.
A translation of the classic children's game to a 42-square board.
1 - Carrousel Chess by Kevin Pacey.
Game with 32 pieces
1 - Cat's Chess by (zzo38) A. Black.
1 - CCC - The Clash of Civilizations Chess by Namik Zade.
1 - CGNP chess by Abdul-Rahman Sibahi.
A game with Knightly Pawns.
1 - Chad by Christian Freeling.
Castles and walls in a strategic deep chess variant.
1 - Chameleon Chess by P. Magnus.
Each player has a King and 11 Chameleons whose moves are determined by the type of square they are on
1 - Chameleon Chess Redux by Adam Goss.
1 - Changi with diagonal pieces by Daniil Frolov.
1 - Charge of the Light Brigade by H. G. Muller.
Seven knights fight 3 queens, and usually win!
1 - Chariots by David Jagger.
Standard pieces start as pairs with shared capabilities, but can separate and recombine.
1 - Chaughts by Mark Hedden.
A mixture of chess and international draughts.
1 - Checkers with Bosses by Daniil Frolov.
Checkers variant with different types of pieces. Game's main feature are Bosses.
1 - Cheshire Cat Chess by Vernon Parton.
Squares are disappearing
1 - Chesica by Frederick Copley.
Game from the 19th Century combining elements of Checkers and Chess
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 - Chess and a Half by Nicolino Will.
Game with extra leapers
1 - Chessball by U. Kamzolov.
Play football on a chessboard.
1 - Chesscala by Francois Tremblay.
1 - Chessembly by JT K.
Open Board Setup, Free Placement Chess
1 - Chess Empire by Harry Jackson.
Large four player chess variant
1 - Chess in a Moebius Strip by Alberto Monteiro.
8 by 14 board with sides glued together.
1 - Chess in the Round.
1970's commercial variant that allows turning corners with the Rook and Queen.
1 - Chess of Amazons by paculino.
Chess played on a 10x10 board with all FIDE pieces, but extra pawns, and the Amazon piece from the Game of Amazons.
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 - Chessopoly by Ralph Betza.
Board with a hole in the middle where pawns move clockwise
1 - Chess vs checkers by Daniil Frolov.
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 - ChessXp by Uli Schwekendiek.
10x10 Chess, strictly derived from the 8x8 architecture.
1 - Chevron Ranks by Charles Gilman.
Pieces use the "ranks" based on the Glinkshy/McCooey analogues to FIDE Pawn ranks
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 - Chivalry by Michael Asher.
With 30 pieces on a 10 by 10 board
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 - Clash of Command by PeterStobbe.
Chesslike game with pieces that change and leave behind other pieces on special board.
1 - Classic sum by Daniil Frolov.
1 - Classic sum - light version by Daniil Frolov.
1 - Conservative Capablanca Chess by Davor Vujacic and David Paulowich.
Alternative, more traditional Capablanca chess setup
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 - Crossover-piece Dual Direction Variants by Charles Gilman.
Variants adding different moves in the dual direction to already dual pieces
1 - Crouching Stepper, Hidden Rider by Charles Gilman.
Xiang Qi pieces' moves lengthen and shorten with location.
1 - Dai-Ryu Shogi by Jared McComb.
Large Shogi variant with new pieces.
1 - Dai Mitregi by Charles Gilman.
Still larger Mitregi offshoot, replacing the Generals with longer-range pieces
1 - Danadazo by Jared McComb.
Game played on the 47 edges of a grid with rounded corners, borrowing elements from Tafl
1 - Dartboard Chess by Charles Gilman.
circular all-three-compounds variant, with different orthogonal ranges on different files
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 - Decimal Quadruple Besiege by Charles Gilman.
Army based on Échecs De L'Escalier arranged on enlarged Quadruple Besiege board
1 - Delegating Chess by João Neto.
84 square variant in which pieces delegate moving powers
1 - Desert Pub Chess by Gary Gifford.
A game where Desert Wazirs & Desert Ferz capture by jumping.
1 - Diagonal pawn chess by Joel .
Pawns always move diagonally, whether capturing or not.
1 - Diamond Ring Chess by Charles Gilman.
Courier-style pieces to diamond-shaped camps on a toroidal wraparound board
1 - Dice chess (wikipedia rules).
Dice chess using 2 dice, wikipedia rules.
1 - Dienbienphu Chess by Vu Vo.
Unequal armies chess variant: FIDE chess against Quang Trung Chess.
1 - Diplomat Chess by Carlos Martin-Fuertes.
Round-board variant with a Diplomat to suborn opponents.
1 - Directed Alice III by Joe Joyce.
a 3-board Alice Chess variant
1 - Djambi by Jean Anesto.
Four player variant with different taking rules and special central square
1 - Double Cross Besiege by Charles Gilman.
A spinoff from Besiege Chess using FIDE-size armies
1 - Double King Chess by DavidMoeser.
With two kings on a 10 by 8 board
1 - Double Skak by Soren Kirk.
Four player chess variant on 8 by 8 board
1 - Drunken Nights by Jörg Knappen.
A toned down version of the Nutty Knights for Chess with different Armies
1 - Dual Direction Variants by Charles Gilman.
Adding extra moves to pieces in historic forms of Chess
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 - Dunsany's Chess by Edward Plunkett.
32 pawns play against a full set of pieces.
1 - echess by bp .
(Micro) Evolutionary CHESS game
1 - Echexs by Jean-Louis Cazaux.
Hexagonal variant for three or six players.
1 - Ecutunnel and Ecumillstone by Charles Gilman.
3d versions of twin-board Ecumenical Chess, with a new front-rank piece
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 - Electrum Chess by Charles Gilman.
All the Goldchess and Silverchess back-rank pieces in a single variant
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 - Empty Cube Chess by Charles Gilman.
A variant using the faces of an 8x8x8 board with no triaxial moves
1 - Enochian Chess.
Four-player team variant of the Golden Dawn
1 - Epic Chess by Вадря Покштя.
Massive attack chess on a board 10x10
1 - Europan Chess by Mark Hedden.
A 14x14 board with extra pieces
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 - Falcon Hexagonal Chess by Abdul-Rahman Sibahi.
The Falcon into the Hexagonal world.
1 - Fanorona Chess by Peter Aronson.
Variant played on a Fanorona board with capture by approach and by withdrawal
1 - Fellowship of the Ring by Robert Price.
White may win by carrying a 'ring' to the other side of the board.
1 - Fianchetto Chess by Jack Middleman.
Rooks and bishops switched in opening setup
1 - Fiancé Chess by Charles Gilman.
A 3-player variant with Kings and Queens starting far apart, inspired by Bachelor Chess
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 - Fighting Fizzies by Peter Aronson.
An Experimental Army for Chess with Different Armies.
1 - File Sharing Chess by JT K.
File Sharing, pawn swapping, always passed pawns
1 - Five-Minute Poppy Shogi by Oyama Yasuharu.
Small shogi variant on a 4 by 5 board.
1 - Flight and Ferry by Charles Gilman.
The gold dragon of Wessex fights the red one of Wales across the Bristol Channel
1 - Force Field Chess by Douglas Seiden-Sacharovich.
1 - Foreign Policy Chess by Francois Tremblay.
Chess variant on 8 by 8 board with armies of unequal strength
1 - Four Player Shogi by MichaelShipley.
Variant of Shogi for four players.
1 - Free corners chess by Sergey Sirotkin.
In the corners of seven by seven board, three squares form together one field.
1 - French revolution chess by Hans Bodlaender.
Advanced pawns threaten the noble pieces
1 - Fugue by Michael Nelson.
Based on Ultima and Rococo this game has pieces that capture in unusual ways.
1 - Full house hexagonal chess by Kevin Pacey.
Game with 50 pieces
1 - Fun-in-a-Box Chess by David Howe.
Featuring Thing One and Thing Two from The Cat in the Hat.
1 - Futashikana Shogi by Adam DeWitt.
Expanded version of Shosu Shogi played on an 11x11 board.
1 - Gala.
Medieval game of German farmers.
1 - Gala Xiang-Qi by Daniil Frolov.
Crossover game
1 - Game of Nemoroth by Ralph Betza.
For the sake of your sanity, do not read this variant!
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 - Glacial Shift by Jared McComb.
4-player game played with Icehouse pieces with Shogi-style captures and where the same piece moves differently for each player
1 - Global Chess.
A chess game played on a board composed of two rotating disks.
1 - Gnu Qi by Charles Gilman.
A cross between Anglis Qi and Wildebeest Chess
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 - Goldchess and Silverchess by Charles Gilman.
Standard board and setup, but new moves for pieces.
1 - Gothic Isles Chess by Peter Aronson.
Fictional historic variant, with Dragons, Wizards and Champions
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 CwDA: the Shatranjians by Joe Joyce.
Grand CwDA
1 - Grand Shatranj N W by Mark Simpson.
Shatranj with 10 individual pieces + pawns per army
1 - Grand Tamerlane by John Davis.
John Davis invented this variation of Mideast Chess
1 - Great Whale Shogi by R. Schmittberger.
Great Whale Shogi by R. Wayne Schmittberger
1 - Gross Raumschach by Charles Gilman.
Larger, 4-player version of Raumschach.
1 - Gryphon Aanca Chess by Gary Gifford.
Large Variant with Gryphons, Aancas, and a few other not-so-common pieces.
1 - Gufuu Shogi by Georg Dunkel.
Tiny variant on a 2x3 board with four pieces.
1 - Guru Mahachaturanga by Charles Gilman.
2d India-specific offshoot of AOF series
1 - Gutenschach by Charles Gilman.
3d variant using only planar pieces
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 - Half Chess by John Groeneman.
On a 4 by 8 board without pawns.
1 - Half Nearlydouble Chess and offshoots by Charles Gilman.
Chess enlarged and then shrunk again - or vice versa
1 - Heathen Europe Chess by Charles Gilman.
2 player cubic-cell Europe-specific offshoot of AOF series
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 - Herichess by Charles Gilman.
A variant on a board in the shape of the English Heritage logo
1 - Hexabeast by Ivan Derzhanski.
Hexagonal chess variant with six animal pieces, by Ivan A. Derzhanski.
1 - Hexagonal Raumschach by Kevin Pacey.
Three dimensional analogue of Glinski's Hexagonal Chess, based on Raumschach
1 - Hexagonal Round Chess by Arnaldo D'Almeida.
Combined Byzantine Chess with Rex Chess.
1 - Hexajedrez by Carlos Cetina.
Variation of Dave McCooey's Hexagonal Chess
1 - Hex Shogi by Fergus Duniho.
A new family of hexagonal Shogi variants.
1 - Hex Shogi 41 by Fergus Duniho.
Hexagonal shogivariant on board with 41 squares.
1 - Hex Shogi 81 by Fergus Duniho.
A hexagonal Shogi variant on an 81-space board
1 - Hishigata Shogi by Sean Humby.
Variation of Maka-Dai-Dai Shogi (ultra large Shogi).
1 - Hitchhiker Chess by Dan Troyka.
Get your Hitchhiker to the Restaurant at the other End of the Board; inspired by Douglas Adams' books
1 - Hook Shogi by Adam DeWitt.
Smaller version of Taishin Shogi on a 19x19 board.
1 - Hourglass Hex Chess by Charles Gilman.
2 overlapping triangles form a hex board of just over FIDE size.
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 - iChess by Pangus Ho.
1 - Imperial Dragon Chess by Paul Fredrix.
A variant of Xiangqi designed to appeal to western players.
1 - Infinite Recursion Chess by David Howe.
Another mega-chess type game.
1 - Insect Chess by Tim Bostick.
On a 12x12 board. All pieces are insect and arachnid representations, with some unique pieces.
1 - Insurrection by Fogus.
Capturing causes promotion, demotion, or a coup in the opponent's ranks
1 - Interweave by Peter Aronson.
Game with elements of Checkers and Ultima where all pieces are colorbound and only capture pieces on the other color
1 - IO Chess by Mark Hedden.
Variant on 16 by 16 board with many pieces.
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 - Joko Urtaroak by Glenn Overby II.
Modern large version of Game of Four Seasons; four player chess variant
1 - Joust Chess by Jeff Cornell.
Rotating pieces, long range movement, adjacent capture, both in one turn using different directions.
1 - Judkin's Shogi by ? Judkin.
Small shogi variant on 6 by 6 board.
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 - King Arthur's Chess 72 by David Cannon.
Chess on a round board,. The odd number of files allows the Bishops to access every cell on the board - not colour-bound.
1 - Knavish Chess by Charles Gilman.
Variant using square-board analogues to 6-way hex-board Dabbabas
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 - Kobayashi Maru Variant of Star Trek 3-D Chess by Larry Smith.
A variant set of rules for playing chess using the 3 dimensionsal set featured on the TV series Star Trek
1 - Koopa Chess by Ralph Betza.
Form of chess based on the Mario Brothers series of video games.
1 - Korean Carrera by Daniil Frolov.
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 - Leaping/Missing Bat Chess by John Savard.
Large variant on a 16x12 board with many fairy pieces.
1 - Lemniscate Chess by David Cannon.
Chess played on a Lemniscate board (in the shape of an infinity symbol)
1 - Life, the Universe and Everything by João Neto.
42-square double-move variant with unusual pieces, inspired by Douglas Adams' fiction
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 - Lion Chess by Joseph Boyer.
Replaces the riders in Chess with hoppers
1 - Litrof by Glenn Overby II.
Variant on 42 squares played with stacks of Icehouse pyramids, where different color pyramids give stacks different powers
1 - Little Dragon Chess by Peter Aronson.
Modern small variant of Xiangqi on board of 41 squares.
1 - Los Alamos Vierschach by Jörg Knappen.
Four player variant of small variant Los Alamos Chess
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 - Mad Elephant Chess by Peter Aronson.
Pawns can be turned into Elephants; Elephants can promote to Mad Elephants, and Mad Elephants can trample lines of pieces.
1 - magic mashers by Andy Maxson.
another experimental chess with different armies variant
1 - Magna Carta Chess by Charles Gilman.
Black has the FIDE array, White has a Marshal and an Archbishop instead of a Queen and King
1 - MANEVAR a.k.a. Maneuver by Bishop Drax.
Game with infantry, cavalry, and archers and multiple moves per turn.
1 - Marine Game.
Small wargame, simulating a sea battle.
1 - Marinelli's three-handed chess, or Triple Chess by Philip Marinelli.
Historic chess variant for three players
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 - Mega-Chess by David Howe.
A chess game where each piece is a chess game!
1 - Meirav by כהן דותן.
Pieces are buried before they are captured, buried pieces may capture other buried pieces.
1 - Microorganism Chess by Mark Hedden.
A 16x16 board with pieces that behave like micro-organisms.
1 - Military Chess by E. Joseph Cossman.
19th century commercial chess variant
1 - Millennial Chess by John Brown.
Variant on 12 by 12 board with new pieces.
1 - Millennium 3D Chess (tm) by William D’Agostino.
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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 - Minotaur Chess by Frank Truelove.
Variant with board turned 45 degrees
1 - Mir Chess by David Paulowich.
A variant part way between Shatranj and modern chess, with Chinese cannons added.
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 - Monster Chess.
One player has only a king and four pawns, but makes double moves.
1 - Nearlydouble Chess by Charles Gilman.
A 2d variant with the whole of two identical sets minus the second King
1 - Nearlydouble Hex Chess by Charles Gilman.
Applying the Nearlydouble principle to Wellisch and McCooey Chess
1 - Nearlydouble Wildebeest by Charles Gilman.
A variant with the whole of two identical Wildebeest sets minus the second King
1 - Neo Chess by J. Naylor.
Four player chess on 8 by 10 board from 1925
1 - Nietzsche Chess by Charles Gilman.
That which does not capture a piece, makes it stronger.
1 - Nimrod Chess by Charles Gilman.
All the same moves as FIDE Chess, but not NECESSARILY on the same pieces
1 - Noble WingS Chess by Mark Simpson.
Noble Wing - with twice as many variant pieces.
1 - Not-so colorbound cylindrical chess by Daniil Frolov.
Game only with pieces, that would be colorbound on normal board.
1 - Not a Dodgson System Chess by Hans Bodlaender.
Four player variant, using Alice chess movement. Win by taking most of the eliminated players pieces
1 - Novo Chess by L. Weijden.
War game chess variant from the Netherlands, 1937.
1 - Oblique by Tony Quintanilla.
Variant with board with 40 squares turned 45 degrees.
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 - Once More, with Deans by Charles Gilman.
Subvariants of River-with-university-and-cathedral series with extra piece type
1 - One Ring by Robert Price.
White wants to get the Ring to the far side and destroy it
1 - One Ring Chess by Larry Smith.
One dimensional chess played on a ring-shaped board.
1 - Operational Chess 2 by Andy Thomas.
Large, wargame inspired variant with ranged pieces.
1 - Orda Mirror by Daniel Lee.
Symmetric battle using the Horde armies from Orda Chess
1 - Outback Chess by Timothy Newton.
New pieces on plus-shaped board
1 - Pachessi by Peter Aronson.
Race and chess game on board formed by removing 3 by 3 square from center of 7 by 7 square.
1 - Paired Piece Tunnelchess by Charles Gilman.
A new approach to the Tunnelchess first rank
1 - Palace Shogi by Silvia Hollinshead.
A complicated hybrid of Shogi, Xiang Qi, and Chess
1 - Panal: a hexagonal chess by Glenn Overby II.
A double-royal piece variant on a 61-hex board.
1 - Pandemonium by Daphne Snowmoon.
Capablanca chess + Crazyhouse
1 - Parachess by Tony Paletta.
Chess on a rhombus-tiled board.
1 - PASGL 312 Chess by Ralph Betza.
Critters steal lunch in the forest, while trying to get close to the campfire and avoid the train
1 - Pass variants by Charles Gilman.
4-player Xiang, Anglis, &c. Qi on a 10x10 board with intersecting Rivers
1 - Phi Chess with Different Armies by Joshua Morris.
Choose your own army on a 13x8 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 Panther Chess by Charles Gilman.
Possess the Pink Panther diamond give your piece extra moves
1 - Pirates-Henge-Ho by R Chafe.
Small variant with pirates theme.
1 - Pizza Kings by John Lawson.
An experimental army for Chess with Different Armies, with lots of calories.
1 - Platform Chess by Robert Price.
Pieces move normally or ride on 2x2 platforms that move themselves
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 - Proto Prelates by Charles Gilman.
An Armies of Faith offshoot adding Bishop compounds named after pre-Christian religious titles
1 - QB Goes East 98 squares by Charles Gilman.
Quadruple Besiege versions of Shogi, Xiang Qi, and offshoots using single sets on 2 7x7 boards
1 - QB Goes East 162 squares by Charles Gilman.
Quadruple Besiege versions of Shogi, Xiang Qi, and offshoots using double sets on 2 9x9 boards
1 - Quadd Shogi by (zzo38) A. Black.
Shogi with 4 squares for each one space in normal Shogi.
1 - Quadruple Besiege Chess by Charles Gilman.
A variant on a "finite but unbounded" board comprising two FIDE boards notionally joined on every edge.
1 - Quang Trung Chess (4th edition) by Vu Vo.
Variant with standard equipment, with different moving pieces, and elements of Xiangqi and FIDE-chess
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 - REX Hexagonal Chess by Arnaldo D'Almeida.
Six Direction Chess
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 - Rollerball by Jean-Louis Cazaux.
Chess race fight on board formed by removing 3 by 3 square from center of 7 by 7 square.
1 - Rotorblades Fusion Chess by David Cannon.
Played on a circular tiling on triangular cells. A further development of my previous game, Rotorblades Chess.
1 - Round Table Chess 84 by Richard VanDeventer.
Chess on a special round board with 84 squares
1 - Russian fortress chess.
An old Russian variant for four players.
1 - Rutherford’s 1-dimensional Shogi by Jonathan Rutherford.
Modern one-dimensional chess variant, based upon Shogi
1 - Ryugi by Adam DeWitt.
10x10 variant with Kirins, Marshalls, and Dragons, the latter which can move as a Bishop or as a Nightrider
1 - Ryu Shogi by Jared McComb.
Large modern shogi variant
1 - Saisho shogi by Francesco Fonseca.
Game with one dice-shaped shared piece
1 - Samarcanda by Nuno Cruz.
Variant of Mideast Chess with Crooked Bishops
1 - Sankaku Shogi by Larry Smith.
Small Shogi variant played on a board of 44 triangles with no drops and a teleporting Emperor
1 - Schachdame by Heinrich Richter.
Variant between Checkers and Chess
1 - Scirocco (original) by Adrian King.
On ten by ten board with over thirty different pieces.
1 - Seeping Switchers by Jörg Knappen.
An army for Chess with Different Armies based on pieces that change color when they move.
1 - Self's three-handed chess by Henry Self.
19th century chess variant for three players.
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 - Sesqui-dimensional Chess by Jeff Cornell.
1d circular variant where pieces move clockwise, counterclockwise, and *across the center* of the circle.
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 - short splicers by Andy Maxson.
An experimental chess with different armies army
1 - Shou Dou Qi: The Battle of Animals - The Jungle Game.
Simulated conflict between animal kingdoms.
1 - Sigma 4 Shogi by Daniel Roth.
Updated rules and added new pieces
1 - Sino-European Chess by Andy Thomas.
1 - Sixteen Pawns by M. de Kemur.
Trade a queen for 8 extra pawn
1 - Snark Hunt by Peter Aronson.
Variant with unequal armies on board with 41 squares, inspired by a poem of Lewis Carroll's
1 - Soccer Chess by João Neto.
Chess Variant inspired by soccer
1 - Spherical chess by Don Miller and Leo Nadvorney.
Sides of the board are considered to be connected to form a sphere
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 - Stelliform 6 player Chess by Charles Gilman.
Stellisch from Wellisch, Stellicorn from Revergent, and Stellgi and Hexgi
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 - Sudoku War by Joost Brugh.
A fight that takes place in a Sudoku
1 - Super Tamerlane by Nicolino Will.
A more modern version of the original Tamerlane Chess
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 - Taikyoku Shogi.
Extremely large shogi variant.
1 - Take Over Chess by Tony Quintanilla.
Jump across pieces to take them over from your opponent.
1 - Tapestry Chess by David Howe.
Chess on a four-color 6x6 board, with a 5 square control board.
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 - 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 - Tiger Hunt by David Paulowich.
Variant of The Maharaja and the Sepoys
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 - Tishai by James Ernest.
Played on a 7x7 board with 2 sideboards.
1 - Torus Chess by Köksal Karakus.
Large chess variant on torus shaped board.
1 - Total Symmetry Chess by Davor Vujacic.
24 random balanced symmetrical starting positions
1 - Toto40 by Peter Aronson.
Staircase board with fighting line in the middle, inspired by Totolospi game of Hopi Indians.
1 - Triaxial Qi by Charles Gilman.
A 3d variant based on Xiang Qi but with triaxial steppers
1 - Trios Hex Chess by Charles Gilman.
Filling Glinsky-size camps with extra pieces
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 - True King by Roxy Wu.
A Grand Chess variant.
1 - Tryslmaistan Chess.
Fictional chess variant on board made of 24 triangles.
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 - Typhoon by Adrian King.
Variant on 12 by 12 board with many different pieces.
1 - Ulchesgi by (zzo38) A. Black.
Like Ultima and Chess and Shogi
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 - Unirexal Chess by Vernon Parton.
Only white has a king
1 - Variants playable against the diagram's AI by H. G. Muller.
Index of variants that can be played against the interactive diagram
1 - veSQuj - Chess with 21st century armies by Glenn Overby II.
A highly tactical variant with a 21st-century-war theme.
1 - Vierschach by G. Lutze.
19th Century 4-player game where allies start off at right angles to each other
1 - Vortex Chess by Robert LeRoy.
Ortho-chess with the inclusion of a new piece: the Portal.
1 - Waider's three-handed chess by Waider.
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 - Waterfall Xinag-Qi by Daniil Frolov.
An elegant 3D xinag-qi variant.
1 - Weak!.
Black has 7 knights, and 16 pawns, White the usual array
1 - Wildebeast9 by wdtr2.
A Variant of Wildebeast Chess
1 - Wild Kingdom Chess by Nick Wolff.
1 - Windows Chess by David Cannon.
Windows Chess is played with usual chess equipment on a board inspired by an arch-window.
1 - Wing and RiverQi by Glenn Nicholls.
New, smaller version of Dragon.
1 - Xiang Hex by Larry Smith.
1 - Xiangqi 42 by Robert Price.
A minature version of Xiangqi (Chinese Chess) on 42 squares.
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 - Yalta.
A three player chess variant
1 - Yonin Bishogi by Charles Gilman.
Variant based on Yonin Shogi but with FIDE pieces
1 - Yonin Shogi by Ota Mitsuyasu.
4-handed Shogi variant
1 - Yo[n]o Shogi by Charles Gilman.
4-player Shogi variant with all 8 kinds of piece (fewer of some) on a standard Shogi board
1 - Ziggurat by Glenn Overby II.
Mesopotamian-themed variant on a 43-square board.
1 - ZM Machiavellian Quadchess by John Zimmerman.
Modernization of Chaturanga for four players

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