The Chess Variant Pages

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Wolf Chess

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

This is a popular variant, known from the 1940's.

A wolf combines the moves of rook and knight.

A fox (shown here as a pegasus) combines the moves of bishop and knight.

A sergeant moves and captures one square forward (straight or diagonally).

A rider moves as a knight, and can keep moving on the same turn in the same direction until it is blocked by a unit of its own color, or captures.

Any pawn or sergeant is entitled to make its first move as two squares forward.

A pawn can capture a pawn or sergeant en passant. A sergeant cannot capture en passant.

A pawn promotes to an elephant, which combines the moves of queen and rider.

A sergeant promotes to a queen. In the original rules, one could choose (sergeants not being allowed to promote to elephant). I simplified by making the promotion choice automatic.

There is no castling.

Otherwise the rules are as in standard chess.

Hans Bodlaender on Wolf Chess

Hans Bodlaender's Chess Variants
Hans Bodlaender's Chess Applet

Ed's 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