The Chess Variant Pages

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

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Russian Symmetrical Chess

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

E F Burtsev, 1956. Bishops can move once to an adjacent light square. Say, "Landing!"; Pawns past the fifth rank move and capture one square diagonally forward, one square orthogonally forward or to the side. Pawns promote to a rook, bishop, or knight that is already captured.

Modern Chess
Chess Variants

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Written by Ed Friedlander

WWW Page Added: Tuesday, April 1, 2003