The Chess Variant Pages

Check out Wildebeest Chess, our featured variant for May, 2023.


Initial setup

84 hexagonal cells board

Pieces moves

Same move as Glinski chess (see below "Gliński's chess movements")

Differences from Glinski chess are:

Pawns movement

Pawns can move forward to one adjacent cell, or 2 if first move (see green dots)

Capture is made forward in diagonal to a same-color cell, plus one same-color cell forward if first move (see red dots).

"En passant" captures are permitted.

Gliński's chess movements

The King

The Queen

The Bishop

The Rook

The Knight

The Pawn

Double step from starting position if possible. If a pawn captures from its starting cell to another pawn starting cell, it keeps its double cell start ability for another turn. See crosses for captures. "En passant" captures are possible.


Rules were invented in 1966 by Yakov Brusky.

Jocly implementation