The Chess Variant Pages

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

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Four-Handed Chess -- Standard

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

This is now the standard version of Four-Handed Chess.

Win by having both your opponents in checkmate at the same time. You may indeed capture your partner's units. Pieces belonging to a player in checkmate cannot be taken and are considered not to give check. I think that the latter can cause some problems in the program but these should be rare. If your partner is not in check, your move must not place your partner in check. If your move removes an opponent from checkmate and thus un-freezes units which now attack your king, your king may not be captured as a result. Friendly forces do not give check (error corrected June 11, 2002, sorry). If you are in checkmate or otherwise cannot move, then your turn passes. Pawns can leap a friendly pawn one square ahead. This is the Hughes modification of the popular Verney Four-Handed Chess. Originally Verney had the two red kings on the left of their queens. Verney did not allow the initial two-step pawn moves or castling.

Taurus Gaming produces a handsome-looking, reasonably-priced playing mat, and a recommended rule change: If you are checkmated on your turn, your army disappears and the opponents then alternate with your partner move for move.

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