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The Chess Variant Pages



Favorite Games of their Inventors

Some of the Chess variants on the Chess Variant Pages have been invented by members of this site. Here is a list of the game the inventors themselves have picked as their favorite games among those they have invented. These may be understood to be the games they are most proud of, the ones they consider better than their other games. Since any member can favorite any game, these games have been listed in order of how many total people have favorited them, which may give some indication of quality. For ties, alphabetical order has been used. For your reference, the games you have favorited yourself are marked with a full red heart, and the games you have not favorited yourself are marked with an empty heart.

12 - Eurasian Chess by Fergus Duniho.
Synthesis of European and Asian forms of Chess
 
11 - Shako by Jean-Louis Cazaux.
Cannons and elephants are added in variant on 10 by 10 board.
 
10 - Caïssa Britannia by Fergus Duniho.
British themed variant with Lions, Unicorns, Dragons, Anglican Bishops, and a royal Queen.
10 - Gross Chess by Fergus Duniho.
A big variant with a small learning curve
10 - Sovereign Chess by Mark Bates.
Ten neutral armies can be activated on this 16 x 16 board
 
9 - Falcon Chess by George Duke.
Game on an 8x10 board with a new piece: The Falcon
9 - Metamachy by Jean-Louis Cazaux.
Large game with a variety of regular fairy pieces
 
8 - Opulent Chess by Greg Strong.
A derivative of Grand Chess with additional jumping pieces (Lion and Wizard)
 
7 - Great Shatranj by Joe Joyce.
Great Shatranj
7 - Apothecary Chess-Modern by Aurelian Florea.
Large board variant obtained through tinkering with known games
 
6 - Brouhaha by Greg Strong.
Like Chess, but it really brings the ruckus!
6 - Grand Cavalier Chess by Fergus Duniho.
The decimal version of Cavalier Chess
6 - Grand Shatranj by Joe Joyce.
Grand Shatranj
6 - Shako_Balbo by wdtr2.
Game with Diamond Shape Board
6 - Terachess II by Jean-Louis Cazaux.
An unrealistic summit on a very large board of 16x16 squares and 128 pieces
 
5 - Modern Shatranj by Joe Joyce.
A bridge between modern chess and the historic game of Shatranj.
5 - Apothecary Chess-Classic by Aurelian Florea.
Large board variant obtained through tinkering with known games
5 - Expanded Chess by Daniel Zacharias.
An attempt at a logical expansion of Chess to a 10x10 board
5 - Fusion Chess by Fergus Duniho.
Variant in which pieces may merge together or split apart.
5 - Sac Chess by Kevin Pacey.
Game with 60 pieces
5 - Shogun Chess by Daniel Lee.
Pieces promote and can be dropped, similar to Shogi
5 - Wormhole Chess by Fergus Duniho.
When a piece leaves a square, it `folds' together
 
4 - Command and Maneuver: A Tale of Two Countries by Joe Joyce.
This is a diceless wargame,
4 - Orda Chess by Daniel Lee.
Asymmetric variant where one army has pieces that move like knights but capture differently
4 - Storm the Ivory Tower by Fergus Duniho.
A Smess adaptation of Chinese Chess
4 - Synochess by Daniel Lee.
Asymmetric west vs east variant where the western chess army plays against a Chinese and Korean-inspired army
4 - Team-Mate Chess by H. G. Muller.
Variant with 8 different pieces, none of which is able to checkmate a bare king on its own.
 
3 - Advanced Wizard Chess by Paul Newton and Andrew Newton.
Chess variant on 10 by 10 board with fantasy chess pieces
3 - Backlash by Greg Strong.
Play on two boards, but capturing on one board leads to a backlash on the other!
3 - Butterfly Chess by Kevin Pacey.
Large board chess with butterflies (not Ns), advancers (not Qs) & flying dragons added
3 - Cataclysm by Greg Strong.
Large board game with short-range pieces designed to be dramatic without being overly complicated or dragging on too long
3 - Chieftain Chess by Joe Joyce.
This is a large variant using 4 royal pieces. It features command control and multi-piece moves.
3 - Hannibal Chess by Kevin Pacey.
Chess with added Modern Elephants (ferz-alfil compound) on 10x8 board
3 - Hex Shogi 91 by Fergus Duniho.
A hexagonal Shogi variant on a 91-space board
3 - Horseman's Chess by Frank MacCrory.
Game where pieces mount and dismount
3 - Kamikaze Mortal Shogi by Fergus Duniho and Roberto Lavieri.
Send your Kamikazes on suicide missions in this Shogi variant
3 - Latrunculi XXI by Jose Carrillo.
A 21st century variant on an ancient Chess-like game of the Roman empire
3 - Maasai Chess by Jean-Louis Cazaux.
Large CV with 48 pieces per side, of 20 types including both regular and rapid Pawns
3 - Petteia XXI by Jose Carrillo.
A 21st century variant on an ancient Draughts-like game of the Roman empire.
3 - Pocket Shogi Plus by wdtr2.
Shogi Like game with a pocket to store and move pieces
3 - Quinquereme Chess by Jörg Knappen.
Large variant with a new piece, the Quinquereme.
3 - Suzumu Shogi by Adam DeWitt.
16x16 Shogi variant based on Tenjiku Shogi.
3 - TessChess by Ben Reiniger.
4D chess featuring symmetrically-moving pieces
 
2 - 4 Kings Quasi-Shatranj by Kevin Pacey.
Each side has 4 Kings, all pieces are short range
2 - 4*Chess (four dimensional chess) by Kevin Pacey.
Four dimensional chess using sixteen 4x4 boards & 96 pieces.
2 - Cannon Shosu Shogi by Adam DeWitt.
Variant of Shosu Shogi with Dogs and Cannons.
2 - Deception Chess by Greg Shanker.
Each piece has two identities, Cloak and concealed Base
2 - Fischer-Benko Chess by Davor Vujacic.
Three pieces are placed randomly, the other five by the players.
2 - Frog Chess by Kevin Pacey.
Play chess with added frogs (ferz-threeleaper compound) on 10x8 board
2 - Granlem Shatranj by Joe Joyce.
This is a mash-up of Grand Shatranj & Lemurian Shatranj with a 3 moves/player turn option
2 - Gyaku-sama Shogi by Adam DeWitt.
Smaller version of Hanten Shogi on a 13x13 board.
2 - Hajiku Shogi by Edward Webb.
Inspired by Shogi and Chu Shogi. Pieces can both promote and demote in promotion zone.
2 - Hanten Shogi by Adam DeWitt.
Variant of Suzumu Shogi with different promotion rules.
2 - Heroes Hexagonal Chess version 2 by Tony Quintanilla.
Updated version of Heroes Hexagonal Chess in 91 hexes.
2 - Hyperchess4 by Joe Joyce.
Hyperchess updated: changed rules, discussion, sample game, etc
2 - Mitsugumi Shogi by Adam DeWitt.
Smaller variant of Suzumu Shogi on a 13x13 board.
2 - Panoply by Daniel Zacharias.
A large hexagonal game with unusual pieces
2 - Rotor-blades Chess by David Cannon.
Game played on a board that is both circular and trigonal.
2 - Round Honeycomb Chess by David Cannon.
A cross between Circular/Cylindrical Chess and Hexagonal Chess.
2 - Royal and His Pet by Zhedric Meneses.
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2 - Seenschach by Jörg Knappen.
Variant on 10 by 10 board with lake in the middle and new pieces
2 - Shosu Shogi by Adam DeWitt.
10x10 Shogi variant with Queens and more powerful promoted pieces.
2 - Taishin Shogi by Adam DeWitt.
Enormous variant of Suzumu Shogi based on Tai Shogi and Taikyoku Shogi
2 - Voidrider Chess by Fergus Duniho.
A 43 square variant with movable spaces
2 - Wide Chess by Kevin Pacey.
Chess with 2 types of non-colourbound elephants added on a 12x8 board using fast castling rules
2 - Wide Nightrider Chess by Kevin Pacey.
Chess on a 12x10 board with Nightriders, Champions and fast castling rules
2 - Yangsi by Adam DeWitt.
A very playable chess variant with 12 different pieces on a 10x10 board.
 
1 - 4D Hexagonal Chess by Kevin Pacey.
4D analogue of Glinski's Hexagonal Chess based on Hyperchess4
1 - 4D Quasi-Alice Chess by Kevin Pacey.
8x8x2x2 four dimensional game with 32 pieces
1 - 16Chess by Zhedric Meneses.
Game with 4 royal pieces
1 - 88 Hexagons Chess by Davor Vujacic.
Hexagonal chess on chessboard with 88 hexagons
1 - 123456 Chess by (zzo38) A. Black.
Uses 2 dices for each player and 2 checkers for each player, in addition to normal chess pieces.
1 - Battle of Kings by Вадря Покштя.
You start with eight pawns. The rest chess pieces appear on the board during the game.
1 - Capatomic Random Chess by Gaelyn Autumnsong.
Variant that combines Capablanca Random and Stratomic Chess.
1 - Carrousel Chess by Kevin Pacey.
Game with 32 pieces
1 - Chess 1010 by Kevin Pacey.
Game played with 40 pieces
1 - Chess with checkers added by (zzo38) A. Black.
Add checkers in front of the pawns
1 - Conservative Capablanca Chess by Davor Vujacic and David Paulowich.
Alternative, more traditional Capablanca chess setup
1 - echess by bp .
(Micro) Evolutionary CHESS game
1 - Epic Chess by Вадря Покштя.
Massive attack chess on a board 10x10
1 - Extra Move Chess by Fergus Duniho.
Double-move variant based on limitations of Zillions of Games
1 - Full house hexagonal chess by Kevin Pacey.
Game with 50 pieces
1 - Futashikana Shogi by Adam DeWitt.
Expanded version of Shosu Shogi played on an 11x11 board.
1 - Grand Shatranj N W by Mark Simpson.
Shatranj with 10 individual pieces + pawns per army
1 - Hexagonal Raumschach by Kevin Pacey.
Three dimensional analogue of Glinski's Hexagonal Chess, based on Raumschach
1 - Korean Random Chess by Jose Carrillo.
A Korean Chess variation with a random setup and a few new rules
1 - Lines of Relay (LoR) by Jörg Knappen.
Chess variant featuring a new type of morphing piece, the Lore apprentice, on a standard board together with the standard pieces
1 - Matrix Chess by David Cannon.
Chess played on a tessellation of pentagons and diamonds. The name comes from the matrix in which diamonds are found.
1 - Modern Random Chess by Jose Carrillo.
1 - Noble WingS Chess by Mark Simpson.
Noble Wing - with twice as many variant pieces.
1 - Pandemonium by Daphne Snowmoon.
Capablanca chess + Crazyhouse
1 - Rollerball by Jean-Louis Cazaux.
Chess race fight on board formed by removing 3 by 3 square from center of 7 by 7 square.
1 - Ryugi by Adam DeWitt.
10x10 variant with Kirins, Marshalls, and Dragons, the latter which can move as a Bishop or as a Nightrider
1 - Saisho shogi by Francesco Fonseca.
Game with one dice-shaped shared piece
1 - Separate Realms Chess II by Jörg Knappen.
A Variant of Separate Realms Chess with standard FIDE King, and more powerful Knights and Queens
1 - Switching Realms Chess by Jörg Knappen.
All noncapturing moves must change the board subset a piece occupies
1 - Throne Chess by Kevin Pacey.
Same game as chess, except playing King to K8 wins too, by Thronemate
1 - Through the Looking-Glass by Paolo .
Alice chess, but you see only a board
1 - Total Symmetry Chess by Davor Vujacic.
24 random balanced symmetrical starting positions
1 - Turnover by Lúcio José Patrocínio Filho.
Three ring sizes fit into each other, combining and splitting into different pieces, sometimes taking over your opponent's.
1 - Wildebeast9 by wdtr2.
A Variant of Wildebeast Chess

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