The Chess Variant Pages

Check out Shako, our featured variant for April, 2023.

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Hermit Chess

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

You play White. Red moves randomly. The number of red moves per turn varies from two to eleven in serial games. Red may not check, and need not escape check, until the last move. Karl Scherer, 2001. I playtested this and decided that bare king has to lose, and stalemate loses for Red.

Chess Variants

These are simple illustrations rather than strong opponents.

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Written by Ed Friedlander

WWW Page Added: Sunday, June 29, 2003