The Chess Variant Pages
Version with graphics


In August 1870, a Mr. Hopwood published in the recreational supplement of The Gentleman's Journal, a proposal for a chess variant, especially designed for `our fair friends and also for draughts players'. (!!) Thus, for these, he made the game easier and smaller. While ladies and draughts players probably find the idea not very appealing, young children can be expected to have some fun with this variant.

Board and opening setup

The game is played on a six by six board. The opening setup is as follows:
R, B, N, K, P stand for Rook, Bishop, kNight, King and Pawn; upper case is black, lower case is white.

Other rules

Pawns cannot move two steps in their first move. Castling is by changing the location of rook and king, under normal restrictions. Other rules are as in normal chess.


The game was described in Pritchard's The Encyclopedia of Chess Variants.
Last modified: February 16, 1996.