The Chess Variant Pages

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

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Miniature Chess

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

Martin Gardner's game. This is the smallest chess variant in which every legal move can be made as it is in orthochess (castling, double pawn moves, en passant).

These are simple illustrations rather than strong opponents.

Chess Variants

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Written by Ed Friedlander

WWW Page Added: Sunday, December 30, 2001