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Chess on a 12 by 12 board

Doug Vogel wrote in December 2000 on the chess variant, where one plays with the same pieces but on a board with a bigger size. While the idea might not be new, I cannot recall having seen it.


Chess is played on a 12 by 12 board, with the usual setup of chess pieces in the middle 8 by 8 part, i.e., the 8x8 grid is positioned centered within the 12x12 grid. All rules stay the same as in usual chess. Pawns much reach the 10th row to promote, i.e., the last row of the 8 by 8 board. (Variant: pawns must reach the 12th row to promote.)




Doug Vogel writes: In playing this variation with friends, the added space of course opens up the game, but it also means most of the standard openings are no longer valid. See also Ralph Betza's Chess on a Really Big Board.

Play It!

Use Zillions of Games to play this game! If you have Zillions of Games installed, you can download this game and play it. Zillions implementation by Peter Aronson.

Written by Hans Bodlaender, based upon email of Doug Vogel.
WWW page created: December 13, 2000. Last modified: December 28, 2000.