The Chess Variant Pages

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

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Explosion Chess

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

Origin unknown. No displacement capture. Any enemy unit which the moved unit attacks is destroyed. If the moved unit was also under attack, it is destroyed. The kings are not royal. The object is to render the opponent unable to move.

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