The Chess Variant Pages

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

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Free Castling Chess

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

You may castle, whether or not you are in check, passing over squares under attack and/or occupied squares, so long as neither king nor rook have been moved and the rook ends up on the far side of the king, not beyond the king's square.

This was the norm in Italy up into the 19th century.

Free Castling
Tim Harding on Free Castling
Italian chess
Renaissance Chess

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