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The Chess Variant Pages

Concise Guide to Chess Variants

A guide which attempts to briefly describe or define the various terms, phrases and names in common use relating to the subject of chess variants.

The guide comes in three forms:

  1. A web page.
  2. A dynamic web page for viewing the guide in various ways.
  3. A PDF (cv-guide.pdf) for printing a hard copy.
  4. An EPUB version (cv-guide-e.epub) for reading on an eBook (portable devices such as the Nook or iPad).
  5. A Kindle version ( for reading on an Amazon Kindle.

The guide also includes a chess variants table, which is a small sampling of chess variants which can be compared and contrasted.

Comma delimited files for the main guide (cv-guide.csv) and for the chess variants table (chessvariants.csv) are also available:

I have created a list of publications related to Chess History and Variants at: WorldCat list: Chess History and Variants.

I have also created an extension to Ralph Betza's Funny Notation: Betza Extended Notation.

This 'user submitted' page is a collaboration between the posting user and the Chess Variant Pages. Registered contributors to the Chess Variant Pages have the ability to post their own works, subject to review and editing by the Chess Variant Pages Editorial Staff.

Author: David Howe.
Web page created: 2011-12-26. Web page last updated: 2011-12-26