The Chess Variant Pages

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

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Peruvian Army Chess

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

The Peruvian Army played this variant in the 1930's. The second board depicts aircraft.

In the sky, the warrior (non-royal king) and queen can only block. The knights are the only units which can capture other planes. Rooks and bishops drop bombs on enemy unitss below. An unmoved pawn is an anti-aircraft gun and enemy aircraft cannot fly over it.

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