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The Chess Variant Pages

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

Destiny Chess

By Sergey Sirotkin


Destiny Chess is a variant of International Chess where each turn a coin is flipped to determine if there is a revolution, and thus the player's pieces now belong to their opponent, and their opponent's pieces now belong to them.


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

Each turn a player makes a move with the pieces that now belong to them. A player wins if they checkmate (or capture) the opponent's king using the pieces that they are currently moving.

Sample Game

The game's notation specifies the color of pieces, movement, result of a throw of a coin (Revolution, or not).

   Player 1        Player 2

1. W: e2-e4;       B: d7-d4
2. W: Ng1-f3, Re;  W: g2-g4
3. B: d5xe4,  Re;  B: e4xf3
4. W: Bf1-c4;      B: Bc8xg4, Re
5. B: Ng8-f6;      W: Nb1-c3, Re
6. W: h2-h3,  Re;  W: h3xg4
7. B: e7-e6;       W: Bc4-b5+, Re
8. W: Bb5xe8, win

Written by Sergey Sirotkin. HTML Conversion by Peter Aronson.
WWW page created: May 7th, 2001.