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The Chess Variant Pages

Example: Plutonian Chess

Plutonian Chess is a completely fictitious chess variant created for the purposes of illustrating a CV submission. It has never been played.

You may, however, think of Plutonian Chess as the preferred form of chess played by Venusian star freighter captains docking at Pluto on their way to Alpha Centuri in the 23rd century.

You may view the instructions for this submission here:
(must cut and paste link since this is a text submission)


Plutonian is played on a standard 8x8 chessboard.

King e1; Queen d1; Rooks a1, h1; Knights b1, c1; Changelings f1, g1; Pawns a2, b2, c2, d2, e2, f2, g2, h2.

King d8; Queen e8; Rooks a8, h8; Knights f8, g8; Changelings b8, c8; Pawns a7, b7, c7, d7, e7, f7, g7, h7.

Setup Illustration:
8 r c c q k n n r
7 p p p p p p p p
6 . . . . . . . .
5 . . . . . . . .
4 . . . . . . . .
3 . . . . . . . .
2 P P P P P P P P
1 R N N Q K C C R
  a b c d e f g h


All pieces are the same as in orthodox chess except as described here.

The changeling takes the place of the bishop and both are deployed on the right flank. The movement of the changing depends on the color of the square it sits on:
On a white square: B+N - Bishop or Knight
On a black square: R+N - Rook or Knight

A Dominator enters the game when a pawn is promoted. A Dominator moves:
B+N+K - Bishop or Knight or King


All rules are the same as for orthodox except as modified here.

Pawn Promotion
When a pawn reaches the 8th rank it always promotes to a Dominator.


Plutonian Chess may be played with a standard chess set and a few tokens such as pieces from a checkers set.

Use the Bishop to represent the Changeling.

Place a token such as a checker under the promoted pawn to indicate it is a Dominator.

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By Steven Streetman.
Web page created: 2010-11-06. Web page last updated: 2010-12-04