The Chess Variant Pages

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

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Sputnik Chess

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

J Berthoumeau and R Loiseau, 1975. Rooks, bishops, and knights on the far side of the board are sputniks. You may move one, any, or all of them prior to making a regular move. You must follow sputnik moves by one regular move. I programmed this so that giving check ends the sequence, and you must escape from check on your first move. I did not allow a unit that was moved as a spunik to be moved again on that turn.

Chess Variants

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WWW Page Added: Sunday, December 30, 2001