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The Chess Variant Pages

Tutti-Frutti Chess

Tutti-Frutti Chess was invented in 1978 by Ralph Betza and Philip Cohen. Tournaments in this variants are being held in AISE, and it is and has been played regularly in postal chess variant games. Below, you find the rules as this game is officially played in AISE.


Several pieces are given extra possibilities. Thus, there are nine different pieces in the opening setup, shown below.

King e1; Empress a1; Knight b1; Bishop c1; Amazon d1; Queen f1; Princess g1; Rook h1; Pawn a2, b2, c2, d2, e2, f2, g2, h2.

King e8; Empress a8; Knight b8; Bishop c8; Amazon d8; Queen f8; Princess g8; Rook h8; Pawn a7, b7, c7, d7, e7, f7, g7, h7.

Empresses have the combined moves of rook and knight; amazons have the combined moves of queen and knight (i.e., of bishop, rook, and knight); princesses have the combined moves of bishop and knight. Pawns can promote to empress, amazon, princess, queen, rook, knight, and bishop. Kings can also castle with an empress. All other rules are as in orthodox chess.

Written by Hans Bodlaender. With thanks to Alessandro Castelli for information on the rules for this variant.
WWW page created: May 28, 1997. Last modified: November 17, 1997.