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Grand Chess

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Keys "s"=save "l"=load "b"=back once

Grand Chess is considered among the best chess variants. It was invented by Christiaan Freeling.

One may promote a pawn on or after reaching one's eighth rank, only to a piece of a kind which one has already lost. One may not move to the tenth rank until one has lost at least one piece. I programmed this so that a pawn on the ninth rank will still give check -- consider this a local rule.

Hans Bodlaender on Grand Chess

Hans Bodlaender's Chess Variants
Hans Bodlaender's Chess Applet

Ed's Chess Variants

These are simple illustrations rather than strong opponents.

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Written by Ed Friedlander

WWW Page Added: Sunday, December 30, 2001