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Games using the Same Board
10x10 Multiple Knot Chess. Board in `mathematical shape'.
3D Chess, a Different Way of Looking at It. A scheme for a geometric translation of 2d piece moves into 3d.
3d offset chess. Chess variants, invented by Ralph Betza, on non-cubic three dimensional boards.
8x8 Heart Chess. Chessboard in form of heart.
8x8 Hyperbolic Chess. Mathematician Missoum has a board based on hyperbola.
8x8 Reversible Stairs-Chess. Chessboard looks like stairs.
Ackanomic Party Chess . Multiplayer chess inside a `Nomic' game.
Ackanomic PartyChess. Multiplayer chess inside a `Nomic' game.
Additional rules for multiplayer chess variants. Additional rules for chess variants with more players.
Aftershock. Missing description
Alice's Army. Alice's Army.
The All Around Allstars. A set of chess pieces with different movement, that can be matched against `The Fabulous FIDEs'.
The Amazon Army. One player has an Amazon (a queen with knights move) and handicapped rooks.
An Introduction to Lotus-39 Chess. Missing description
Andromi . Game with simple rules.
Anti-Relay Chess. Anti-relay is when a piece loses a movement capability it normally does have due to its position relative to another piece.
Arena Chess. 32-turn variant in which pieces must initially move into a special area, and then always make capturing moves.
Attending Pawns. Pieces have their personal pawn assistent.
Axis and Allies Chess. Diceless variant of Axis and Allies.
Behemoth Chess. Chess with a randomly moving, uncapturable Behemoth piece that can capture
multiple pieces in a turn.
Betza's Flying Circus. Bombers and interceptors fly above the chess board.
Betza's Three Dimensional Chess Games. Several 3d-chess variants by Ralph Betza.
Bid Chess. Players bid for special pieces or powers.
Bifold Halfgi. A variant of Halfgi, but with half-sized pieces.
Bilateral Group Simultaneous Chess. Simultaneous chess, but with two groups of rotating players.
The Bishop Adjustment Rule. Missing description
Bishops Conversion Rule. Rule for variant where bishops start on equal colored squares, with sample games.
Bombalot. Bombs can wipe out most pieces on the board.
Buypoint Chess. Buy your fighting force - each piece costs a number of points.
Captain Spalding Chess. Find an Elephant in your Pajamas.
Catastrophic 8x8 Chess. Mathematician Missoum gives a new type of chessboard.
Cavewars CSIPGS Chess. Three dimensional chess variant based on Cavewars game.
Cetina Random Chess. Play with a sissa and a chancellor from a randomly generated setup.
Chameleon Chess. On each turn the rank of the moved piece changes.
Chance Chess Site . Web site.
Cheops . Large 3d chess variant inspired by Dune novels.
Chess And Physics. Taken pieces leave energy on the board that can be transformed into `mass': pieces.
Chess Cards. Cardgame with chess flavor.
Chess Chaos. Announcement of pack of cards that affect chess.
Chess Equalizer dice. Dice with chess symbols.
Chess For Any Number of Players. Rules for multiplayer chess that can be played with an arbitrary number of players.
Chess from Draughts etc.. Missing description
Chess on a Mass Transit System. Missing description
Chess Pool. Game played on a pool table, inspired by chess.
A Chess Set. being a Handful of Games.
Chess Warriors . Customizable strategy war game played on a checkerboard.
Chess with Cyclical Armies. Whenever a piece moves, it changes to another type of piece of vaguely similar value.
. Chess with Different Armies ( Betza's classic variant where white and black play with different sets of pieces. Recognized!)
A Chess-like Variant Construction Set. Build your own army and territory.
ChessMage (tm): A Living Fantasy Chessworld . A Living Fantasy Chessworld.
Chessmen-At-Arms. A wargame with chess pieces.
Chessmic. Commercial, expensive, three-dimensional chess from Germany.
Chex. Cards with pieces form the board.
Chexs. Chess for two to six persons on hexagonal board.
Clairvoyant Chess. Players predict what opponent will do to gain advantages.
The Colorbound Clobberers. A team for Chess with Different Armies with many colorbound pieces.
Complex Allegiance Chess (6 player). Missing description
Condi Chess. Speed chess with the clock twelve meters from the board.
Connect Shoot Kill . A mix of dots and boxes with chess pieces.
Construction Chess. The idea for this variant is to give each player the possibility to construct his own chess army.
Continuous Chess. There are no 'squares' on the board, and pieces are not restricted to moving discrete distances.
Courier Elephant. Missing description
Cows and Butterflies. A simple Chess-like game of exchanges and promotions.
Crazy 38's: Drops. Missing description
Crazy 38's: Gameplay. Missing description
Crazy 38's: Notation. Missing description
Crazy 38's: The Board. Missing description
Crazy 38's: The Home Square. Missing description
Crazy 38's: The Object of the Game. Missing description
Crazy 38's: The Pieces. Missing description
Crazy 38's: The Starting Setup. Missing description
Critique of a Chess-like Variant Construction Set. Critique.
The Crown of Krithala. Pieces move a crown which the opponent wants to capture.
CSIPGS (comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.strategic) Chess Variants. Variants on csipgs Chess and a handy overview of its rules.
Cuarenta. Played only of the light-colored squares of a 9 by 9 board.
The Cylindrical Cinders. Army for Chess with Different Armies where many of the pieces can move as if the board was a cylinder.
Darts chess. Darts are thrown to decide with which piece to move.
Demotion Chessgi. a Chessgi variant which is limited to 32 turns by demotions and the removal of Pawns.
Destiny Chess. Each turn before you move, flip a coin to see if you switch pieces with your opponent.
Dienbienphu Chess. Unequal armies chess variant: FIDE chess against Quang Trung Chess.
Diplomacy chess. Simultaneously selected moves are only carried out when they do not conflict.
Dual Direction Variants. Adding extra moves to pieces in historic forms of Chess.
Duggan's Fantasy Chess Variant. A variant which makes the game more `playable`.
Dunsany's Chess. 32 pawns play against a full set of pieces.
Dynamic Chess. Pieces move like closest piece left on the same rank.
Echexs. Hexagonal variant for three or six players.
Eight Stone Chess Photographs. Additional photo's of set of Eight Stone Chess.
Elevator Chess. Multiple boards with simultaneous games are linked through central elevator squares.
Endless Chess idea. Article about different ways to make cylinder chess board.
Enthralling Chess. A 32-turn variant in which pieces are 'enthralled', and then 'liberated' (ie. removed from the board).
Epic Games 3d Chessboards . Expensive chessboards with 3d surface.
Evo . Game with chess-variant elements.
Experiments in Symmetry. Several experimental games to test whether perfect symmetry makes a game better.
The Fair First Move Rule in Chess. Every turn you flip a coin to see who goes first.
The FIDE Laws Of Chess. The official rules of Chess from the World Chess Federation.
FIDE-like rules for 3D Chess . (Link.).
The Fighting Fizzies. An Experimental Army for Chess with Different Armies.
Finding ways to spin your games. After having moved, pieces change type in rotating order.
Fortress of the Witch. Missing description
The Forward FIDEs. A team for Chess with Different Armies where pieces can advancer easier than retreat.
Four Handed Chess. An all fight all variant of four handed chess on plus-shaped board.
Four Handed Chess (I). Information on different variants of four handed chess on plus-shaped board.
Four Handed Perspective Chess. Missing description
Fun-in-a-Box Chess. Featuring Thing One and Thing Two from The Cat in the Hat.
Fusion Chessgi. A hybrid of Fusion Chess and Chessgi.
Gambler's Chess. A scheme for adding betting to any Chess variant.
Generic Chess Piece Creation System. This is a system for construction of pieces, using ideas from
Genetess . A play-by-email game with genetically encoded pieces.
Geometric sequence of Chess Games. Chess variants as large as you want.
Gods on Pluto. Missing description
Grasshopper Chess. Each player has eight additional grasshoppers.
Greg White's Chess Variants . Missing description
Gridlock Chapter 2. Missing description
Gridlock Chapter 3. Missing description
Gridlock Chapter 4. Missing description
Gridlock Chapter 5. Missing description
Heraldic chess. Chess with cards and dice.
Heraldic Chess Games with Cards and Dice. Text of rule booklet of heraldic chess.
Hex Shogi. A new family of hexagonal Shogi variants.
Hexagonal chess - problem 4. Mate in two moves hexagonal chess problem.
Historic chess variants . by Sam Trenholme.
Historical Chess Variants . Part of a document describing various Historical Chess Variants.
Icehouse . Set of pyramids you can play several games with, including Martian chess.
Imitating Chess. Pieces move as the last moved piece.
Inertia Chess. Pieces continue to move in the same direction.
Infinite Board Chess. Imagine the board is an infinite grid.
Infinite Chess. Chess on on infinite board.
Information on Chinese Chess playing cards. Missing description
Information on historic chess variants . Missing description
Insane. Pieces change to random type when they move. With program playing this variant.
Intrigue. Players each select a pawn which holds the king's secret position.
Introducing Economy in CV's?. Several chess variants based on economic principles.
Jewel: A Linked-series of Games. Missing description
John Savard's Three-Dimensional Chess . Missing description
The Jovan Army. An army for Chess with Different Armies featuring heavy pieces that move forward slowly.
Juggernaut Chess. Roll a die each turn to determine the move of the all-capturing Juggernaut.
Ki Shogi. Variant of Shogi played without a board, and pieces are cubes.
Kibitzing Vox Populi Chess variant. Rules for turning kibitzing into a game unto itself.
King's Run. An entry for the 32-turn contest that is based on Logan's Run.
The Knightliest Black Hole. Knighted pieces on a constantly diminishing board.
Knightmare Chess. The American version of Tempete sur l'Echiquier.
Knot Chess. Board in shape of geometric knot.
LancerChess. a basic Western chess game, featuring Lancers in place of knights.
Liars Chess. You may lie about the move you have made.
Lichen Chess. Pieces are modular, and each piece may contain fragments belonging to both players.
Logis 3D . 3d-chess variant by R. Planesi. (Link.).
Mad Elephant Chess. Pawns can be turned into Elephants; Elephants can promote to Mad Elephants, and Mad Elephants can trample lines of pieces.
Maelstrom. All 64 squares of 8 by 8 board are initially filled with pieces.
Magichess . Chess variant that uses ideas from Magic: the Gathering card game.
Make-A-Rule Chess. Play chess and modify its rules concurrently. Chess with Nomic.
Makruk experiences . Tim Krabbe's WWW page on his experiences with Makruk.
Many Rules in One Game. List chess and variants.
Many Worlds Chess. Large variant, inspired by the many worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics.
The Marine Game. Small wargame, simulating a sea battle.
Mark Davis's Chess Designs . With a round chess board.
Mastery: A Game of Skill for Two Players . A Game of Skill for Two Players.
Mecklenbeck chess. Pawns can promote on the sixth row.
MetamorphaChess . Pieces represented by dice change to another type after having moved.
Metamorphin' Assimilation Chess. A hybrid of Metamorph Chess and Assimilation Chess.
Metamorphin' Fusion Chess. A hybrid of Metamorph Chess and Fusion Chess.
Missoum Perspective Chess. Missing description
Moebius Chess. The board is a Moebius ring.
Monster Chess. One player has only a king and four pawns, but makes double moves.
More on Dragonchess. Missing description
Morley's Chess. Boards with enlarged sides.
Multi-chess. Chess variants for three or four players.
Multichess. Four player chess variant.
Multiplayer Chess Rules. A discussion of rules issues for multiple player chess games.
Mutant Chess: pieces mutate during the game. . Pieces mutate during the game.
Mysterious chess. Use cards to place your pieces on the board.
N by N chess games. Mathematician Missoum has a chess variant on an N by N board for many numbers N.
Narrassetch (70 and 91 hex versions). Hexagonal chess game playable with ordinary chess set.
Nomic Chess. Combination of Peter Suber's Nomic with Ralph Betza's Chess For Any Number of Players.
Nuclear Pawns Chess. Every time you move a pawn, there is a 1/10 chance of it exploding and destroying itself and all adjacent pieces.
The Nutty Knights. A team for Chess with Different Armies based around the moves of the Knight.
O/R Chess - Overloader/Restorer chess. A cochess variant.
Once More, with Deans. Subvariants of River-with-university-and-cathedral series with extra piece type.
One dimensional Chess Variants. A page detailing some one dimensional chess variants.
Pacifist Chess. Missing description
Partner Chess . Commercial two and four-player variant on smaller cross-shaped board.
Passed Pawns, Scorpions and Dragon. More Falcon Chess Variants.
Perfect Chess. On 8 by 8 board with combination pieces.
Pi. Commercial multiplayer chess variant, obtained by putting multiple curved and straight boards together.
PI . Commercial multiplayer chess variant for 2 - 12 players.
Piazza San Marco Chess. On random moments, the middle of the board gets flooded, meaning that pieces can get out only by using
The Pizza Kings. An experimental army for Chess with Different Armies, with lots of calories.
Playing Chess Against Its Mirror Image. Playing against its mirror image: game is always a draw.
. Pocket knight ( Each player has a knight that he can drop during the game. Recognized!)
Poison Chess. Harpies can poison pieces which can be healed by doctors. On 8 by 8 board.
Potential Chess. Pieces start out as any piece and become a particular piece depending on how they move,.
Promotions & Demotions. Every turn, the piece that has moved promotes or demotes to another piece.
Proteus: A Chess Army that Changes at your Command! . Variant played with 8 dice per side, each side of which has a different Chess piece printed on it.
Recognized Chess Variant: Avalanche Chess. This game is a Recognized Chess Variant.
Refreshing Bubble Fizz Chess. When a piece moves, he can create a bubble. Pieces in bubbles cannot move for three turns, but may make two non-capturing moves.
The Remarkable Rookies. A team for Chess with Different Armies with Rook-like pieces.
RPGchess: Combines chess with Role Playing Game rules . Combines chess with Role Playing Game rules.
Rules of Chess (part 1). Missing description
Rules of Chess (part 2). Missing description
Rules of Chess (part 3). Missing description
Rules of Chess (part 4). Missing description
Rules of Chess (part 5). Missing description
Rules of Chess (part 6). Missing description
Rules of Chess (part 7). Missing description
Schachen - Chess me. Commercial chess variant with board and pieces replaced by cards.
Schizochess. Halves of the chessboards get swapped every five moves.
School Chess. Before movement of a figure, the player speaks the name of city on the letter, on which the name of a moved piece begins.
Scrabble Battle Chess. Complicated game that uses a scrabble set, dice, playing cards with magic spells, pieces that move queenlike.
The Seeping Switchers. An army for Chess with Different Armies based on pieces that change color when they move.
Sequence of Fibonacci and Lucas Chess Design Games. Variants based on Fibonacci numbers.
Sequence Of M X N Chess Games. A chess variant for boards of size M by N, for about all pairs of positive integers M, N.
Sjah. Three or four player chess variants.
Some Chess and Xiangqi Variants. Variants from the Shakki-77 group.
Spider Web Spiral Chess. Board in shape of spider web.
Springboard. Missing description
Steeple Chess . Crossover between race game and chess.
Steffan O' Sullivan's Three-players Chess. Three player chess variant on a board with 58 squares.
Stepping-stones of Chess. Missing description
Steps Chess. Board looking like steps of many stairs.
Stevenson's Four-Player Chess. A game for two 2-player teams on a regular Chess board with the object of capturing all opposing pieces.
Subversion / Conversion. Pieces can be bribed to switch sides.
Superchess and Monarch. Booklet in English and Dutch and book in Dutch about large chess variants with fantasy pieces.
Surprise Chess. Speed chess combined with an umpire calling out random rule changes.
Sveschky. 16 identical pieces per player whose moves are determined by a die.
Symmetrical Chess Collection . Collection of several large symmetric chess variants with only line pieces.
Tag Chess. A two player per side team game where each player moves for half the board.
Tape Chess and other almost one-dimensional chess variants. Tape Chess and other almost one-dimensional chess variants.
Taxi Chess. Pay for moves: long moves are expensive.
Tempete sur l'Echiquier. Pack of cards that change chess rules when played. French original version of Knightmare Chess. Lots of fun.
Tempete sur l'Echiquier (PBM). Play by mail rules.
Thinktank Chess. Frank Maus' game where most pieces move differently when capturing from how they move without capturing.
Thoughts on large numbers of players in one chess game. Missing description
Three Dimensional 8x8xN Chess Game. Three dimensional chess variant.
Three Dimensional Circular Perspective Chess. Pieces must travel through a central point to get to the opponent's side of the board.
Tile Chess . Commercial chess variant, published by Steve Jackson Games.
Tilting the Balance. Players can set off an atomic bomb.
Tokar's Arcana . Chess-variant like game with different armies. Commercial game.
Torus and Klein Bottle Games . Missing description
Triangular Chess . Missing description
TriChess . is a hexogonal, three player variant, created and distributed by PrimeChess Oy.
Trigon Chess . Three-player chess and checkers on various shaped boards.
Turncoat Chess. After every move, dice are rolled to determine a square, which if occupied, the piece on changes side.
Turnstyle. Four player chess variant using a normal chess set.
Twelve Mutation Chess. Variant that uses 12 mutators that may be activated or deactivated during the game.
Two Pronged Chess. 2 "simultaneous" moves per turn with separate pieces.
Two-Prong Chess. Each player makes "simultaneous" moves with 2 different pieces.
Unidirectional arrays on standard boards. Both players in the same direction, as Viking Chess, but on boards of correspondiyng face-to-face variants.
Unirexal Chess. Only white has a king.
Unreliable Delivery Chess. Pieces may get delayed before they arrive at their destinations.
Vegas Fun Chess. Special chess dice determine what piece to move.
Vortex Chess. Ortho-chess with the inclusion of a new piece: the Portal.
Vox Populi Chess variant. A crowd plays itself at a game with only one winner.
Wall Chess. Orthochess with additional untakable wall pieces.
Wand Chess. Pieces have a magic wand, that gives random outcomes.
War of Kingdoms. Missing description
War of Kingdoms (the Sequel!). Pay no attention to the original War of Kingdoms! This is the game you are looking for!
Way of the Knight. Pieces with experience levels: a `role playing variant'.
Webball. Board that can be visualized as globe shaped spider web, based on dodecahedron.
World War Chess . Commercial variant with pieces more suited to a war game.
Year of the Pig Variants. Subvariants extending the forward moves in assorted previous variants old and new.
Zeitgeist . Variant with simultaneous movement.
ZM "Machiavellian" Quadchess. Modernization of Chaturanga for four players.
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First Created: Saturday, July 19th, 2008
Last Modified: Saturday, July 19th, 2008