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The Chess Variant Pages

Dunsany's Chess

This game, also called Dunsany's Game, was invented by Lord Dunsany in 1942. Michael Keller, in World Game Review, issue 10 gives a reference to a booklet of chess inventor and publicist Joseph Boyer for this game.


White has 32 pawns, located at all squares in rows 1, 2, 3, and 4. Black has the usual set of pieces. Whites pawns do not have an initial double move, and promote as usual, while for black normal chess rules apply.

Black starts the game, and wins when he has taken all white pawns; white wins by checkmating black.

Pawn a1, a2, a3, a4, b1, b2, b3, b4, c1, c2, c3, c4, d1, d2, d3, d4, e1, e2, e3, e4, f1, f2, f3, f4, g1, g2, g3, g4, h1, h2, h3, h4.

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

Written by Hans Bodlaender.
WWW page created: January 8, 1996. Last modified: February 28, 2001.