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The Chess Variant Pages

Desertion Chess

By Uwe Wiedemann


Desertion Chess (also called Desert Chess) is a variant where whenever you move a piece next to an opposing piece, the opposing piece "deserts" to your side. The goal of Desertion Chess is not checkmate, but rather the complete capture or conversion of your opponent's pieces.


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

Computer Play

Uwe Wiedemann has written an implementation of Desertion Chess for Zillions of Games. You can download it here:

Written by Peter Aronson, from ZRF and e-mail from Uwe Wiedemann.
WWW page created: January 25th, 2002.