Check out Alice Chess, our featured variant for June, 2024.

This page is written by the game's inventor, Bob Greenwade.

Wedgie Chess

This actually is an idea that I've had rattling around in my head since the late 1970s.


Setup begins with the King in the back square.

The Queen is set up in front of the King, flanked by the two Bishops.

One of the Pawns is set up in front of the Queen, with the Knights on either side and the Rooks on the end.

The remaining seven Pawns are in front.



The King, Queen, and Knights move as in orthodox chess.

The Bishops, in addition to sliding diagonally, may also move but not capture one space orthogonally.

Simiilarly, the Rooks, in addition to sliding orthogonally, may also move but not capture one space diagonally.

The Pawns used are all Berolina Pawns. (These move without capture one space diagonally forward, or two spaces on the opening move; or capture one space straight ahead.)


Pawns promote upon reaching the row behind the opponent's Pawn Row; that is, rank 10 for White, or rank 3 for Black.

Other than that, and what's already been mentioned as far as setup and piece moves, the usual rules of chess apply.

files=9 ranks=12 promoZone=3 promoChoice=NQBR graphicsDir=/graphics.dir/alfaeriePNG/ squareSize=50 graphicsType=png hole::::a1,b1,c1,d1,f1,g1,h1,i1,a2,b2,c2,g2,h2,i2,a3,b3,h3,i3,a4,i4,a9,i9,a10,b10,h10,i10,a11,b11,c11,g11,h berolina pawn:P:fmFfceWifnmA:berolinapawn:e3,b4,c4,d4,e4,f4,g4,h4,,b9,c9,d9,e9,f9,g9,h9,e10 knight:N:N:knight:d3,f3,,d10,f10 queen:Q:Q:queen:e2,,e11 wedgie bishop:B:BmW:promotedbishop:d2,f2,,d11,f11 wedgie rook:R:RmF:promotedrook:c3,g3,,c10,g10 king:K:KisO3:king:e1,,e12


When I originally conceived this game (I think it was 1978), the setup squares were going to be turned 45 degrees. I just never did figure out how those pieces would connect to the battleground, to say nothing of how diagonal and orthogonal moves would be affected by that connection.

If you want to consider the Bishops and Rooks as separate pieces from the orthodox sort, just call them Wedgie Bishops and Wedgie Rooks.

This 'user submitted' page is a collaboration between the posting user and the Chess Variant Pages. Registered contributors to the Chess Variant Pages have the ability to post their own works, subject to review and editing by the Chess Variant Pages Editorial Staff.

By Bob Greenwade.

Last revised by Bob Greenwade.

Web page created: 2023-10-22. Web page last updated: 2023-10-22