By Sergey Sirotkin
Snake Chess is a variant of orthodox chess played on a cylindrical board of twelve ranks by two files, with 10 pieces on a side.
Board and Setup
The Snake Chess board is a cylinder, with the A file effectively sandwiched on both sides by the B file, and visa versa.
The game is conducted by rules of International Chess with the following changes:
- The setup is different (see the diagram above), with each side having a King, a Queen, and two Knights, Bishops, Rooks and Pawns each.
- There is no castling, Pawn double-move or en-passant capture.
- Pawns promote on the twelfth rank.
The game is won by checkmating or stalemating your opponent.
A game with some similarity to Snake Chess is Narrow Chess, which is played on a 20 by 2 board.
Zillions of Games
There is an implementation of Snake Chess for Zillions of games. You can download it here:
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WWW page created: June 16th, 2001.