The Chess Variant Pages



Check out Marseillais Chess, our featured variant for February, 2024.

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Orphic Chess

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

A placed unit may displace a pawn. No non-capturing moves on the board until the king is placed. Unless the king is placed last, he must go on the first rank. Mats Winther, June 2006.

Orphic Chess


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

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