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Four Handed Chess II. More variants of four handed chess on plus-shaped boards. (Cells: 160) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Stephen Stockman wrote on 2006-05-27 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
See the modern version of 4-Way Chess at: 4-Way Chess Web-site

Stephen Stockman wrote on 2006-02-24 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
I have played over a thousand games of 4-way chess (very similar to four handed chess) and the pawns never make it all the way accross the board, players always get check-mated before that. Only a few times has it gotten to an endgame where players are trying to promote pawns. We play that pawns are promoted if they get all the way accross the board, but it doesn't matter much cause it hardly never happens. Only twice have I seen anyone promote to their opponent's first rank, and indeed it can only be done by capturing, lol.

Christine Bagley-Jones wrote on 2006-01-16 UTC
lol, never thought of that, they must of had some method, cause they played
it at a club for 50 yrs.
maybe there was a lot of arguements ... 'hey yu can't move that pawn
there, that is illegal' .. 'no it's not, it's going that way' .. 'no
it isn't!' .. 'yes it is, i got it to the end and it's now going back'
.. 'no you didn't you cheat' ha ha :)

David Paulowich wrote on 2006-01-16 UTC
Question: how do you indicate that your Pawn is now moving backwards across the board? This simple rule change will solve that problem: When your Pawn reaches the last rank of your partner's row (or one of the other four fields where the edge of the board obstructs its move), then it is replaced by one of your partner's Pawns.

Christine Bagley-Jones wrote on 2006-01-16 UTC
yes, it seems that is the only way to promote a pawn, how bizzare, i can't
imagine a pawn promoting in this game, ever!
i don't know why it can't promote when it reaches the opposite end of
board, look how far it is away, lol, surely the little pawn deserves to be
promoted he he.
it seems that when it reaches the end, it turns around and goes back lol,
why would you bother?!
maybe sometimes, this would happen, i dunno, someone who has played this
game maybe could enlighten us more on how often this would happen

Anonymous wrote on 2006-01-15 UTC
I'm not clear on something here. I understand that pawns can only be promoted upon reaching the oposing player's back row. But I'm not clear on how that is supposed to occur apart from the pawn managing to capture enough of the oposing player's pieces so as to move diagonally in the number of squares required to arrive at the oposing player's back row? Is that the only way to get a pawn to a point where it can be promoted?

Dennis wrote on 2005-03-19 UTC
When I was growing up in Iowa in the '60s we chess nerds played four handed. We cut apart two boards and stuck them to a third. I don't recall the rules or their source. We would listen to classical music and take breaks to play with our 'motorific' car races. Great fun before sex drugs and rock an' roll.

Steve wrote on 2004-04-25 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
Play Verney's four-Handed chess Vs. computer at

Steve wrote on 2004-04-23 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
This is cool to see the history of 4-way chess. We are currently playing a variation of Verney's Game in Wisconsin, partners sit accross from each other and all the queens start on white. In the Midwestern variation all the rules of regular chess apply. To play by e-mail or for more info write to: [email protected]

Anonymous wrote on 2003-07-21 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
This is a really good and challenging game although have you thought of using unequal armies? Maybe you could use speacil rules so that you could defeat the enemy in a number of different ways, although you should make it too complicated.

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