The Chess Variant Pages

Check out Shako, our featured variant for April, 2023.

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David L Smith's acclaimed game. Moves must keep all units on the board connected, including check threats. No castling, promotion, pawn-two, en passant. For programming, I had to keep this in 10 x 10.

Hans Bodlaender's Chess Variants

Chex review
Chex server

Ed's Chess Variants

These are simple illustrations rather than strong opponents.

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Written by Ed Friedlander

WWW Page Added: April 1, 2003