The Chess Variant Pages

Check out Gross Chess, our featured variant for June, 2023.

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Central Chess

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

Start one move from the center of the board, and another from the periphery. If the first move allows capture of the king on the second, this is of course a win. French, 1955.

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