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 piece in subsequent turns.

I recorded a game I played with my son in the same notation one would use for CrazyHouse, and would like to record it in a PGN (or BPGN) format to show it to friends.

Does anyone know where I can find such an editor online, or failing that, one that I can download to my Mac?

  • Blank chess? Never heard of it before. Sounds cool.
    – user2001
    Commented Jan 1, 2015 at 13:08
  • It appears to be one of the most original tactically open variants I've seen. I've not played enough to know how it will play out strategically yet.
    – John Lewis
    Commented Jan 2, 2015 at 13:56
  • Oh so kinda like Bughouse where you notate it ex: p@e7 right? Commented Jan 5, 2015 at 21:30
  • Correct. @theppright The notation for dropping a piece on the board is p@e7 for a Pawn dropped on e7. In Blank Chess you can drop your pieces on your own side of the board.
    – John Lewis
    Commented Jan 6, 2015 at 17:21
  • Can i play Blank chess online anywhere?? seems very interesting. Commented May 7, 2015 at 11:29

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Caissa's PGN Editor claims to be what you want.


How about the lichess.com editor? Here is a link to a board exactly as you describe I believe. Just click and drag any piece to the board. You can also share a URL at every state of the game which is pretty cool.


http://www.apronus.com/chess/wbeditor.php The "position setup" part of the dual interface allows setting up anything on the board without regard for legal moves. Each change to the board is recorded in memory and then can be exported to an animated GIF file. You can delete some of the positions from the animation sequence to create an exact scenario to fit your needs, just check the ckeckbox "animation sequence".

demo animation


I think you are looking for something like this:


You can create your own position, load/export PGN/FEN formats.

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    You would have to diagram each and every position to get a fen. It cant just drop pieces in and show it. Commented Jan 5, 2015 at 21:30
  • He's right, this is just as unsavory as creating the PNG by hand.
    – John Lewis
    Commented Jan 6, 2015 at 17:22
  • 1
    That page has been updated and is now able to show the scenario of any chess variant that uses the standard pieces. Commented Sep 11, 2016 at 8:50

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