The Chess Variant Pages

Check out Cylindrical Chess, our featured variant for March, 2023.

Since Java is no longer supported in most browsers, our Java applets probably will not run unless you install an extension that will run them. We recommend installing the CheerpJ Applet Runner extension on Edge, Chrome, or another Chromium browser. If your browser still does support Java, and you're not using this extension, make sure this site is listed in your Java exceptions list. You should find this in the Security tab of your Java control panel.

Actuated Rotating Center Chess

If you had a Java-capable browser, you could play Center Chess here.
Keys "s"=save "l"=load "b"=back once

The four center squares rotate under certain conditions. This applet lets you try many different options. In the original version by AE Farebrother and WH Rawlings, the center squares along with any occupants made a quarter-turn clockwise whenever a piece entered it, moved within it, or left it.

Chess Variants

These are simple illustrations rather than strong opponents.

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Written by Ed Friedlander

WWW Page Added: Sunday, December 30, 2001