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The Chess Variant Pages

This page is written by the game's inventor, Jean-Louis Cazaux.

Toulousain Chess

Important notice

Toulousain chess, invented by Jean-Louis Cazaux (2003), had an entry an entry in D.B. Pritchard's book "The Classified Encyclopedia of Chess Variants" (2007). This game was a predecessor of Metamachy proposed by J.L. Cazaux in 2012 and which has replaced it.

This game is a chess variant on a red and black 12 x 12 board with 12 types of different pieces.


The white King is placed on the center of the second row on a black square, the black King beeing on a white (or red) square. The Queen is placed beside of the King in the center. The Gryphon is at King's side and the Lion is at Queen's side.

There are:


King, Queen, Bishop, Knight and Rook are orthodox.


Castling: the King may 'castle' with the Rook if neither the Rook nor King has moved yet and there is nothing in between them. In castling the King slides 3 squares to the Rook and the Rook leaps to the far side of the King. You may not castle out of or through check, or if the King or Rook involved has previously moved

End of Game: Victory is obtained when the opposite King is checkmated.

All rules are as in orthodox Chess unless stated otherwise.


Toulousain Chess was the successor of Perfect 12.

This game is dedicated to Toulouse, the city of South-West of France.

Written by Jean-Louis Cazaux.

WWW page created: 2003-07-09
WWW page updated: 2021-01-17