The Chess Variant Pages

Check out Expanded Chess, our

featured variant for September, 2023.

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Dark Chess II

If you had a Java-capable browser, you could play Dark Chess II here.

You are White. You can see only the squares to which you could move. There are no double pawn moves (as per Pritchard, "Darkness Chess").

In this variant you cannot move into, or remain in, check. This can help you know where enemy pieces might be.

Where pawns can move will also let you know something about where enemy pieces are.
Darkness Chess

Play Dark Chess online.

Chess Variants

These are simple illustrations rather than strong opponents.

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Written by Ed Friedlander

WWW Page Added: Sunday, December 30, 2001