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The Chess Variant Pages

Tic Tac Chec

Tic Tac Chec is a small chess variant game, sold commercially. Daniel U. Thibault saw this January 1997 sold in a shop. Below, you see his description of the game.

Tic Tac Chec is sold by Dream Green, a company selling several board games, for $15.95 excluding postage.

  1. Link to Dream Green homepage.


A 4x4 chessboard; two sets of four chess pieces (pawn, rook, knight and bishop).


To form an alignment (row, column or diagonal) of all four of your pieces.


Start with an empty board.


Players alternate taking turns. On his turn, a player may either:

  1. Place on any empty square one of his unplaced pieces, or
  2. Move one of his already placed pieces. Moving a piece is only allowed after the player has placed at least three pieces on the board.

Pieces move as per normal chess, except that pawns reverse the direction of their progress once they've reached the edge of the board and can no longer advance (so pawns keep going across and back).

Pieces attack as per normal chess. A piece "taken" is not sequestered but returned to its owner for later placement (so enemy pieces can only be temporarily removed from the board).

Written by: Daniel U. Thibault and Hans Bodlaender. Rule modification sent by Sharon Davis Green.
WWW page created: February 21, 1997. Last modified: September 9, 2003.