The Chess Variant Pages

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

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Mercenary Pawn Chess

If you had a Java-capable browser, you could play Mercenary Pawn Chess here.

Simple Chess Variants

Keys "s"=save "l"=load "b"=back once

You may capture the enemy's pieces (not pawns) with the enemy pawns. Game by Tony Paletta.

Thanks to Joost Aan de Brugh for help with the debugging "Mercenary Pawn Chess", which also solved a problem in "Russian Progressive 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