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This page is written by the game's inventor, Charles Daniel.

Random Move Number Chess

The author's idea behind this game was to introduce the element of luck to chess making it similar to poker in some ways.

Most of the time we ARE PLAYING REGULAR CHESS WITH THE OFFICIAL RULES. The only difference is each player must throw a 6-sided dice to determine the outcome of his move.
If he gets a 1 then he misses his turn!
If he gets a 6 he moves twice! If he gets the same number as his previous throw (the move before) he moves twice!
If he gets the same number three times, he moves three times!
But if the throw meets none of these conditions, he just makes the usual move. (He should however record the last die throw i.e. remember that he threw a 2 for example).
The opponent does the same thing and we have a very unusual game of chess that is now dependent on both luck and skill!


The game of chess is played completely unaltered except for the use of a die (and paper and pencil to record each throw).
  • Black then throws the die and determines the number of moves in identical fashion.
  • A checking move immediately forfeits all extra moves.
    If player A has 3 moves to make but checks on his first move. He cannot make the other two moves.
  • A player who is in check must make a move to get out of check even if he throws a one.
    The die must be thrown and recorded though.
    In the unlikely case, this player threw 6 3 times he must switch sides, or he loses if he got 6 6 times.
  • Notes

    This game is ideal between players with a huge disparity in chess skill, and those who prefer not to tax their brains at every turn.

    The luck factor makes the game a lot more exciting (for some!), but as in poker the more skilled player has a higher chance of winning but can run unlucky and lose.

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    By Charles Daniel.
    Web page created: 2007-09-07. Web page last updated: 2007-09-07