This chess variant can be played with a standard chess set and
polyhedral dice (aka RPG dice). Having additional chess pieces
make for a more aesthetically pleasing game. Added variation by
playing with a hexagonal or 3-player chessboard may also be
All normal chess rules apply with several exceptions. All pieces
move in the normal manner and special movements like en passant,
castling and promotion are allowed. The main difference is that a
player does not automatically capture an opponent's piece. When a
player advances a piece with the intention to capture an
opponent's piece, both players must roll dice appropriate to their
pieces. The piece with the lower roll gets captured. Tied rolls
results in stalemates.
The dice assignments for the pieces are as follows:
If the advancing piece is captured, the defending piece remains
in place. An exception to this is the King (see below). In
addition, several other differences exists:
1) Players need only declare a checkmate, not a check.
2) Pieces can be moved to expose the King to attack unless
such a move will result in an immediate checkmate.
3) A player who already has a piece that can capture the
opponent's King may, during any of his subsequent turns,
move another piece into a position that threatens the King
and claim an "Assist" attack. In this way, a player's King
may be simultaneously attacked by several pieces which are in
positions to do so. In this case, the dice rolls of the
assisting piece and all the attacking pieces are combined
and compared against that of the King. If the King rolls
higher, all the attacking pieces are captured and the King
has the option to move into any one of their positions, even
if it is more than one square away. If the attackers combined
roll is higher, the King is captured and the game
ends. In the event of a stalemate, the King can choose to
convert the attacking piece with the lowest roll to his color.
4) A checkmate immediately wins the game, no dice rolls need
5) The game ends when a player captures or checkmates his
The introduction of the dice roll element forces players to
weigh between the risks and benefits of trying to capture
enemy pieces. This also means that the best made plan could
be undone by an unlucky roll of the dice. The King, having
a d20 dice roll and having special rules, can be used creatively.
On the whole, the game becomes more unpredictable and exciting
with considerable possibilities for new strategies and
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By Muhammad Hidayat.
Web page created: 2009-08-26. Web page last updated: 2012-02-26