The Chess Variant Pages

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

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


Kevin Maroney's fix to restore ancient ideas. The stalemated player loses. Bare king loses. No castling, no pawn initial double step, no en passant, pawns start on 3rd and 6th rows, pawns may promote only to pieces already captured; they may do so on 6th or 7th row and may not move to the opposite row until they can promote. Pawns capture one square forward.

Chess Variants

These are simple illustrations rather than strong opponents.

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WWW Page Added: Sunday, December 30, 2001