The Chess Variant Pages

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

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Zen Chess

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

Variously attributed. Also called "Moss Chess". Units move and attack the king as normal, but capture other units depending on the move of the unit attacked. There is no en passant.

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