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The Chess Variant Pages

Revised Chess

This page contains one or more presets for playing a game online with Game Courier, an online server for playing Chess variants by correspondence.

The only difference between Revised Chess and regular chess is the additional forward capture-capability of a pawn positioned on the seventh rank. The revised pawn, provided that it has reached the seventh rank, can also capture forwards. Due to this, passed pawns are now more dangerous. In Revised Chess, drawish endgames will occur less often. Many theoretical endgames that have hitherto been drawn are now won. The additional capture-capability will also have an impact in the middle game. It will not affect opening theory at all.

Comparatively, in orthodox chess a pawn is easy to block. This creates the marked drawishness of practical endgames. Therefore, most chessplayers prefer to keep the queen on the board, until they have created an advantage. Players can now exchange queen and enter a practical endgame, and, unlike before, the stronger player will tend to win. This is, arguably, a significant improvement compared with orthodox chess.

Unlike in regular chess, this position is won regardless who makes the first move.

The following preset makes a validity check of moves. Moves are automated. You can move pieces by clicking on them. At promotion you will be asked what piece you prefer.

Revised Chess (big graphics)

Revised Chess (small graphics)

You can also download a Zillions implementation here.

See also Reformed Chess.

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By M Winther.
Web page created: 2011-01-23. Web page last updated: 2011-01-23