The Chess Variant Pages



Check out Wildebeest Chess, our featured variant for May, 2023.

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Oblong Chess 2

If you had a Java-capable browser, you could play Oblong Chess 2 here.
Keys "s"=save "l"=load "b"=back once

Oblong Chess

This is a very old variant of Shatranj. A variety of setups exist.

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