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The Chess Variant Pages

Official Football Chess

In 1967, an US game company called Diversified Creations marketed a chess variant called Official Football Chess. The pieces in this variant were replaced by figures that represent players in an American football game: kings are quarterbacks, queens are fullbacks, rooks are halfbacks, knights are centers, bishop are ends, and pawns are linemen. The rules also tell that different terminology has to be used: instead of giving check, one must say that the quarterback is under attack, etc.

The rules are quite similar to chess, but a different opening setup is used with less pieces.

The setup is shown below. All pieces move like in regular chess; one wins by "downing the quarterback" of the opponent, i.e., checkmate.

Webpage made by Hans Bodlaender.
WWW page created: January 17, 2011. Last modified on: January 17, 2011.