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The Chess Variant Pages

Unicode Fonts with Chess Piece Images

Not all fonts display the Unicode symbols for Chess pieces, though you can't always tell, because another font will be substituted when the font being used doesn't support them. Using font previews for these characters on some font websites, I have made images of how different fonts display the Unicode Chess pieces.

This page is not for Chess fonts that display Chess pieces instead of letters. See our Chess Word Macros & Fonts page for that. This page is for Unicode fonts that happen to include images for the Chess symbols in Unicode. If you know of more fonts I can add to this page, please mention them in a comment.

Fonts on Your Computer

After showing an image of how the font displays the Chess pieces, it will try to display the Chess pieces in each font so that you can tell whether that font is displayed on your computer. This test will also display the text "Testing for font name" in that font, which will give you an additional clue as to whether there is a match. This will be useful when the font displays the Chess pieces with the same images as the default font your browser will use when the selected font isn't available. As a baseline for comparison, I will first test for serif, sans-serif, and fixed. If your results look exactly like one of these, and it isn't supposed to, then the font in question is not installed on your computer, or I have gotten the font name wrong. If the Chess piece images are a match, also check whether the font for the text has changed from the default being used for mismatches.

Testing for Serif:
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Testing for Sans-Serif:
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Testing for Fixed:
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Commercial Fonts

Links are to Below each list of fonts is an image made from one of them.

Ascender Uni and Arial® Unicode:

Testing for Ascender Uni:
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Testing for Arial Unicode:
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Linotype® Game Pi:

Testing for Linotype Game Pi:
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Meiryo, Meiryo UI and Segoe® UI Symbol:

These are the ones I see using every browser in Windows 10 and on Chrome and Firefox in Windows 7.

Testing for Meiryo:
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Testing for Segoe UI:
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MS Gothic, MS Gothic UI, and MS Mincho:

These are the ones I see using Internet Explorer in Windows 7.

Testing for MS Gothic:
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Testing for MS Mincho:
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Free Fonts

Most links are to I have found a link to another site where needed. Below each list of fonts is an image made from one of them or from one that looks the same.

Caslon and Monospace:

Testing for Caslon:
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Testing for Monotype:
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Code2000 and Code2003:

These are the ones I see on my Kindle Touch. Although it is not listed among the fonts I can read Kindle books in, testing with this page indicates that my Kindle's browser has Code2000 available.

Testing for Code2000:
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Testing for Code2003:
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Chrysanthi Unicode:

This one has copied the images used by MS Gothic and MS Mincho.

Testing for Chrysanthi Unicode:
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Comial Unicode, DejaVu Sans and DejaVu Sans Mono:

These are how they appear to me using Chrome or Web in Linux Mint or Chrome on my iPad. This is also how the sans-serif font appears to me using Firefox in Linux Mint.

Testing for Comial Unicode:
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Testing for DejaVu Sans:
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Testing for DejaVu Sans Mono:
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These are how the Serif and Fixed fonts appear to me using Firefox in Linux Mint.

Testing for FreeSerif:
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Testing for Hayashi-Serif:
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Thanks to Garth Wallace for bringing it to my attention. This is a Japanese font that also includes images of pieces for use with Chess variants. See The Nishiki-teki font's Chess variant characters for further details.

Testing for Nishiki-teki:
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Noto Sans Symbols

This image is taken from a screenshot on my Kindle Fire HD 8. These are the default images used on this device. I did not initially know what this font was, but Garth Wallace identified it as Noto Sans Symbols. Tests on Linux Mint turned up positive, and the font preview linked above will show the same images if you enter the Chess piece characters.

Testing for Noto Sans Symbols:
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Testing for Pecita:
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Quivera also contains some variant pieces. See our Quivera font page.

Testing for Quivera:
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This one has copied the king and queen used in MS Gothic and MS Mincho, and it has copied the rook, bishop and pawn used in Ascender Uni and Arial® Unicode. The knight seems to be original.

Testing for Symbola:
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WWW page created: August 11, 2018.