Questions about variants of normal chess including bughouse, Chess960 (Fischer Random), atomic chess, and antichess.

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What are the best opening moves and plan for a “pawn plus 2 moves” handicap game?

Our club runs a handicap tournament where handicaps are based on rating difference. I recently had to play a player rated about 300 lower than me and give him pawn plus two moves. That means I was ...
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Is there any position where not promoting(illegally) would be the best move?

Is there any position, where moving a pawn to last rank but not promoting it to any piece would be the best move? By the way, I know this is an illegal move. Assume it is legal. Edit: Now we have a ...
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What are the differences between Chess and Go from the perspective of computers? [closed]

Please list the differences between the game of Chess and the game of Go for engine programming in a similar format as this one: Go: Item 1 Item 2 ... Chess: Item 1 Item 2 ...
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What first moves would be advantageous for black?

What White moves give away the first-move advantage?
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What is the largest amount of players at once that can play during a single chess game?

I understand there is 3 man and 4 man chess but is there anything higher?
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Phone apps for playing chess variants

A group of local friends and I have become fairly engrossed in playing a certain chess variant over the last few years. We play on a regular basis; we've coded a program that allows us to play online, ...
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How to learn Xiangqi (Chinese Chess) or Shogi (Japanese Chess)?

I learnt international chess using the tutorials in Ubisoft's Chessmaster, alongside doing tactical and strategical exercises from books, studying master games, and from playing. I want to learn how ...
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How to combine Basic Strategies to a winning-system

Suppose one want to have a strategy so one can win over a "normal/average" chess-player. I was thinking that there was a set of strategies which could be combined so that one could memorize it? Say ...
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Simple chess variants for beginners

How suitable would these variants for beginning players? First to check wins Three-Check Chess First to take king wins All other rules being equal.
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How to weakly solve Tiger Hunt, Atlantis Chess and Peasants' Revolt

Tiger Hunt is a chess variant where an entire army without a queen fight against a royal amazon (tiger, queen+knight). I believe it is certainly a win for the army just like Marahaja and Sepoys. I ...
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Is this a chess variant? Chess without taking pieces!

I just noticed a special style of playing chess in some of the top games in chess.com; A chess without taking pieces: The whole game here: [FEN ""] [Event "Live Chess"] [Site "Chess.com"] [Date ...
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Is Chess960 a desirable alternative to classical chess?

Considering the great depth to which most opening lines have been analyzed by computers now, requiring a voluminous memory to compete successfully at the highest levels, is substituting the variant ...
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How to propose a new game variant?

My daughter and I have devised a chess variant which we feel works very well: it preserves the basic moves and strategies of chess, yet adds new strategies and considerations. It is a form of "3-D ...
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How to defend from the crazy knight attack opening at Nf3 …, Nd4 in Atomic chess?

Here's a game of Atomic chess I played with a friend. As you may see, neither of us are very good at Atomic chess and the game ended in under twenty moves. [FEN ...
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Looking for a chess variant with a circular board

I am looking for a certain chess variant played on a circular board. The variant is played with the usual chess pieces (no fairies involved) on a peculiar circular board. The central part of the ...
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fairy chess engine for xboard different from fairymax

Fairymax shipped with the xboard package can play variant chess. Is there any other xboard engine that also plays variant chess? Runs on Linux or *BSD?
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What are the best openings in Antichess?

I am experiencing Antichess and it's more forcing than normal chess. What are the best openings for white ? Is there any winning opening whatever the black does respond? Antichess, according to ...
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King/Queen chess variation

In Canada, there is a variation of chess in which king and queen are swapped from the normal starting position. However, some argue this makes no difference. Canadians are split. So the question is: ...
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What are the best few opening moves for this simpler variant of chess?

I am implementing a program that is supposed to play this variant of chess... ...where the objective is to take all the pieces of the opponent, and pawns promote to rooks only. Otherwise, all the ...
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What is the maximum DTM with K+J vs K?

What is the maximum DTM in the endgame king + janus vs king on a 10x8-board ? The janus can move like a bishop or like a knight. Since both sides have two additional pieces, the board has 10 columns ...
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Mate Prevails - Chess Rule

Is "Mate Prevails" not an FIDE rule? I couldn't see it in the FIDE website but I heard about it from many players. UPDATE: "Mate Prevails" is a claim some players make that they win the game after ...
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Have endgame tablebases ever been compiled for smaller variants of chess?

I am interested in compiling endgame tablebases for a few miniature chess variants, such as Chess Attack (5x6) and Los Alamos Chess (6x6). Have these ever been created before, and if so, are they ...
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In the game of shogi, what is the meaning of “sabaki”?

I'm reading the book Sabaki at a glance by Madoka Kitao. It's a very nice book with many good examples one can learn from. The problem I have is that I am left with only an intuitive understanding of ...
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Is there a free downloadable mini-chess program or 'chess engine'?

The fascinating miniature chess or mini-chess ' that is chess on a 6 by 6 board. I know there are tons of decent chess programs but has anyone written a decent chess program for mini-chess. Is there ...
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Who wins in the game “knight” if both players play optimal?

The rules of "knight" : Player 1 puts a knight on some square. Then the players, beginning with Player 2, alternately move the knight. The knight cannot be moved to a square already visited, ...
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Is the result in mini-chess known with perfect play?

I do not know, if "mini-chess" is the official name of the game I am talking about. In mini-chess, the players only start with the pawns (In particular, there are no kings!) The players play the ...
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About Alan Turing and chess

I read Turing had some algorithm or method he could use to play chess 'against' this pen and paper algorithm assigning certain numerical values to each piece. Is this true? Is there a pen and paper ...
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Theoretically, would it require more or less skills if the objective is to be the first to be checkmated?

I have seen variations of other board games or strategy games where the aim is to actually 'lose' the game by forcing your opponents to make moves. Applying this concept to the rules of chess, would ...
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Queen with Knight capabilities

I find it interesting that the Queen can move with the same capabilities as the Rook and the Bishop, but cannot 'jump' or move like the Knight, I understand that this would overpower the queen but ...
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Chess variant where king is captured

While trying to teach my 4-y-o son the rules of chess, I found it difficult to explain the rules of check, checkmate and stalemate. Having already explained the moves of each piece and how capturing ...
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Is this move valid in the rollerball chess variant?

Can the white King move a space to the right, into the original location of the black king? This would be disallowed in standard chess, as one cannot intentionally put themselves into check. However, ...
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Is there an online PGN editor for Blank Chess?

http://www.blankchess.com/ Blank Chess is a variant where the board starts empty and the first two moves are placing the Kings on your side of the board. You can then either place a piece or move a ...
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What are the minimum required pieces for checkmate in 3d chess?

Assuming the rules of millennium 3d chess, what are the minimum required pieces for checkmate? I realize this is an extremely difficult question, but in regular (2-dimensional) chess, we have rules ...
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A list of chess variants and their popularity

How many chess variant are there? (Apparently a lot.) If possible could you include the popularity of each variant and its major event. For example, I know that there's a US bughouse chess ...
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Has loser chess been solved?

Loser chess has a benefit of sorts. There are many turns where moves are forced. So my question is, has it been solved? I'd say that the move tree is much smaller than chess. If not: How much would ...
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Website for playing Cylinder Chess

Does anybody know a website where I can play Cylinder Chess? I'm looking for something similar to Chess.com but for Cylinder.
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Material for knowing more about Cylinder Chess

I love the usual way of playing chess, but I also like a lot Cylinder chess. Does anybody know a book, website or other way of learning more about it? Like maybe a strategy book about cylinder chess ...
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Does playing bughouse have any benefits on your chess game?

I've heard that it helps your tactical skills, but can a chess variant really help you in tactics more than simply playing standard chess.
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Chess variants where black is considered equal?

In normal chess, black isn't that bad, but not that good either. White has the initiative and opening theory dictates how to win these positions. Variants like Chess960 have made it possible to play ...
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How to play chess against a large number of players simultaneously?

Lately, we have done an experiment in our chess club and liked it much. We were 4 players, and we wanted to play simultaneous each against each other. This setup worked (more or less, see the ...
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New chess variant (opinion required)

I have just came up with a new chess variant. The variant works like this. So, the player starts with a match with a computer (not-so-powerful one) If the player wins the match, he gets to use the ...
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Empowered Army Knight-move Opening

How powerful is it for the Empowered Army to open by using knight-moves for their Empowered Rooks and/or Bishops? In Chess 2: The Sequel, the knights, bishops, and rooks of the Empowered Army are ...
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chess variants similar to retrograde gameplay

Two players could start from any checkmate position ; the one player taking black , the other white, they could play chess backwards with the goal of trying to get all of ones pieces to their original ...
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Why did Kung Fu Chess shut down?

Kung Fu Chess, a chess variant in which there are no turns (everyone can move at once with a time delay for each piece), began in 2002 by Shizmoo games, and the website suddenly went offline in 2008 ...
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What chess *scoring* alternatives exist?

Chess (often being classified as a sport) stands almost alone among sports in that its results are of a strictly ternary nature that is not quantified any further: The only possible outcomes are a ...
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About retrograde analysis

Raymond Smullyan wrote some great books with Retrograde Analysis chess puzzles. I know of two, are there others?
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About possible chess variations

Is there a chess variant for a 6x6 board that has interesting possible game-play just like regular chess obviously has? Maybe one that has real competitions and is not as long an intense chessgame ...
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About the 3D chess they play on Star Trek

They play a type of 3D chess on Star Trek ( the 60's series) not on a 8x8x8 3D board but on some smaller variation. Yet the game as they have it is supposed to be complicated. Are there real rules and ...
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What are the capture rules in shogi?

OK, I've never really played much chess, but shogi is more appealing to me. Now my question is, how does capturing work? Like what piece can capture what? I've tried online and some pieces can capture ...
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Chinese Chess online (Xiangqi)

I was curious about this question, I watched two videos and learned a bit about Chinese Chess. Where can one play it online? What site has the biggest online Chinese chess community, where you can ...