The Chess Variant Pages

Check out Marseillais Chess, our featured variant for February, 2024.

This page is written by the game's inventor, Sergey Sirotkin.

Building Chess

By Sergey Sirotkin


Building Chess starts with the board and initial setup of Martin Gardner's Minichess. Each turn, after moving a piece, a player then adds a square to the board.

Initial Board and Setup

Building Chess initial setup.


The game is conducted by rules of International Chess with the following changes:

The game is won by checkmating your opponent's King.


This game is an alternative to games in which after each move, a field is removed from the board (For example: Cheshire Cat Chess, or Atlantis Chess). It is possible to start the game using other initial boards (For example: Petty Chess, Limiting Chess, Chess - The Speed Game, etc.).

It has some similarity to other build-your-own board Chess variants such as Stochastic Chess or Choiss, but differs in that all pieces start on the board, and there is no seperate board-building phase.

Written by Sergey Sirotkin. HTML Conversion by Peter Aronson.
WWW page created: August 22nd, 2001.