The Chess Variant Pages

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

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Random Pieces Chess

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

White may not check, or move past the fourth rank, on the first move.

Best of twenty rounds wins the game.

Thanks to J"org Knappen for help with debugging.

Chess Variants

These are simple illustrations rather than strong opponents.

Bug Reports -- Thank you! Keep them coming!

Written by Ed Friedlander

WWW Page Added: Sunday, December 30, 2001