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

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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 ...
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Tactical difference between chess and Chinese chess

Is there any difference in tactics between chess and Chinese chess? If so, which one is the most fun? What are the important things to learn from it?
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What material handicap would be required to compensate for a single double-move?

Consider the following chess variant: Black can, once per game, make two moves in a row (the second move may not capture the King) To compensate for this advantage, Black gets a material handicap ...
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Four way chess Checkmate

I don't know how many people play four way chess, but do you have to checkmate an opponent's king or actually kill it to take over his army?
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Shorter game for play with kids

I am teaching my children (5 and 7) to play chess, and we are pretty much at the which piece can move where phase. However while they do enjoy the game, they don't really have an attention span that ...
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Is the pawns-only variant a draw?

In the pawns-only variant of chess, each side starts with 8 pawns and a king on the usual squares, no pieces, with other rules being the same as in regular chess, including promotion. While general ...
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Antichess pawn promotion

The rules of antichess specified in Wikipedia state that the rules of regular chess should be followed except Capturing is compulsory. When more than one capture is available, the player may ...
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Determine winner based on taking king [closed]

I've been asked my friend about enable take king to determine the winner.. who's the winner if the condition like this?? (some Fide rule should necessary) [FEN "7k/6r1/7p/8/8/2B1q3/6N1/6K1 - - - 0 0 ...
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What “double moves” are sometimes considered legal?

As we know, castling is a legal "double move," where two pieces are moved at once. But in my country, Indonesia, in my childhood, the opening below was an 'assumed legal' double move to counter 1.e4 ...
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Take away which pawns?

In a hypothetical variant of chess, before the start of the game black is allowed to remove one white pawn and one black pawn. Which pawns should they remove? The pawns don't have to be on the same ...
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What are the best scoring openings in chess 960

I don't play chess 960, or Fischer's chess. I've seen a lecture or two about it, but i was never interested. Last week i was a bit bored so i decided to participate in a chess tournament on ...
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Allow piece removal

I'm wondering about a chess variant I thought of: it's just like chess except that a player may, in lieu of (or as) a move, remove any of his own pieces (except the King) from the board. (This is ...
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Is there software that simulates the Tri-D or 3-D chess as seen in Star Trek?

I want to try this game without making/buying a board and it is easier to learn to play when the computer can prevent invalid moves. Does any software, preferably freeware, exist which simulates this ...
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How is a computer programmed to play chess? [duplicate]

How is a computer programmed to play chess? What are the ways by which they sort out the moves? My question is not about programming but the idea behind programming to play chess. That can really help ...
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Alternative versions

Are alternative chess rules/styles considered favourably by the main chess community? To be more specific I mean games like 3D chess (as seen in Star Trek) or landscape chess, as explained here: ...