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Questions tagged [chess-variants]

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

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Is this a sound elephant offer?

In the following dobutsu shogi position, is Gc3xc2 a bad move? ABC +---+ 1| | g 2|lce| 3|E G| 4| L | *C +---+
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Crazyhouse Chess: Playing with a real board and overall popularity?

Played a decent amount of bughouse but only started with crazyhouse a month or less ago. Although on the surface very similar games, I would say they are fundamentally different because there is no ...
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Fairy chess: KNNvK

I just wondered: can K + 2 nightriders force a mate against bare K? (A nightrider can make an unlimited number of knight moves in any direction - it cannot change direction partway through its move.)
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Why are three chess sets needed for Kriegspiel and dark chess?

Wikipedia states that three chess sets are needed for Kriegspiel and dark chess. Is that actually true? I can see how having three sets would make things a lot easier, but couldn't the referee simply ...
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Multi (N>3) dimensional chess designs

I was wondering whether anyone has ever designed chess rules for more than 3 dimensions. At that point you wouldn't be able to visualize the play using one board. And you'd instead need to to use 8 3-...
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is it possible to give 2 more checks here?

If the horse moves then is it possible to give check mate ? i have already gave a check. i was playing 3 check. how can i get 2 more checks? is it not possible ? 3 check is a mode in chess where you ...
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Pawns VS pawnless?

I'm writing a story where because of the character's vanity says "you can have pawns but I don't need them, they are beneath me." In such a game who would have the advantage?
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What is the best strategy for simultaneous blindfold chess?

Recently, Timur Gareyev displayed tremendous prowness by playing many boards blindfolded. What is the best strategy to visualize each and every board? I already know the basics, like splitting the ...
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15x15 squared board [closed]

My brother and I made this 15 by 15 squares chess board that uses two sets of pieces minus a pawn and king for each color. We have already played a game and find it extremely fun and interesting, but ...
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King of Chess 960

As you know, in Chess960, the first and eighth rows are symmetric and consist of the normal pieces which have be permuted. The only constraints are that the King is between the two Rooks and the ...
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Marshall vs. Queen Endgame

In a game of "Sort of Almost Chess", the variant from Mr. Betza that replaces one of the queens with a Marshall (the Rook+Knight compound, also known as the Chancellor, or the Empress in Fairy Chess ...
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two or three initial moves = win?

you have to play a game with the following rule : white can initially play two moves, then one move each side as usual, and a draw counts as a victory for black. Which side do you choose ? (say ...
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What will replace chess? [closed]

Chess is dying. That much should be obvious. As predicted by Capablanca and as concluded by Bobby Fischer.... These are not random cranks, these are two of the best players of all time, and here are ...
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Move my king to check [duplicate]

My rook was targeting the opponent's king but her knight was in between I moved my knight to the check place checked by same knight Can I move my king to that place
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Simul in which the GM has to make identical moves

Consider two simultaneous matches in which a GM plays against Players A and B, constrained by the rule that the GM must make identical board moves in both games. Players A and B can play as usual. ...
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How different would chess be if a stalemate was a win? [duplicate]

Historically stalemate has been handled in different ways. I wonder how different chess would be if it was a win for the stalemating player. Has enough thought been put into this so that it's ...
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How likely is it that a non-orthodox promotion is optimal?

Under promotion is an interesting aspect of chess, but there are other possibilities that aren't allowed under modern rules. One is the so-called "dummy pawn", as this question discusses: When (if ...
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Chess960 or Chess959?

Once in 960 times, chess960 should just be the same as regular chess. Are there any known instances of this? Or is this selection automatically excluded and they just roll the dice again? So is it ...
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Four player chess (team): is there some opening theory written somewhere?

I am an active player on four player team chess on chess.com (my Elo is currently 2095). I am planning to write something about theory of opening of this chess variant. Question is, do you know if ...
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Does the chick promotion rule in dobutsu shogi really matter?

In dobutsu shogi, the chick (Japanese pawn) promotes to a chicken (Gold general). In my experience this promotion occurs only rarely and I suspect after much blundering. Does the chick promotion rule ...
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Rejected game variant for adding a new chess piece

Some time ago İ had a book on chess, that proposed new chess variant invented by some guy, in which a new chess piece was added. so instead the usual 8 by 8 board would get replaced by a bigger 9 by 9 ...
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Analysing Crazyhouse Games

I have recently started playing crazyhouse on chess.com. For my normal chess games, I download my chess games in PGN format. Then open them up in chessbase 13 and from within chessbase load up the UCI-...
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Sacrifice a pawn to reorder the pieces

Consider a chess variant which plays exactly (*) as chess except that the players have a special option for first move. White can, instead of moving a pawn/knight as its first move, sacrifice any of ...
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Is there a Kriegspiel android app?

I'm looking for an android app for a variant of chess which is called Kriegspiel. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kriegspiel_(chess)) I don't expect any PvP app but I'd satisfied with PvC app. (OK; I ...
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Amazon vs Chancellor endgame

Many online sources (such as Wikipedia) state that the endgame of amazon (piece that moves like Queen and knight) and chancellor (piece that moves like rook and knight) is a draw. I did some ...
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Variant chess effect [closed]

Variant chess is a relaxing break from standard chess. But in my chess club we are usually discouraged from playing such chess. I have not seen any visible problem in my games. Can anyone tell me why ...
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What is a good defensive repertoire against a d4 opening? [duplicate]

I've been looking for a good response to a d4 opening. All the repertoires I've studied are against e4? Any suggestions, thanks
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Losers Chess variant engine

Is there a strong Losers chess variant engine? I had a look at stockfish, but it doesn't support Losers chess, seemingly. (to be used on a Linux platform)
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which chess variant has the largest board?

the largest I could find was double chess 16x12, is there a variant with a bigger board, doesn't have to be a variant in which chess pieces follow their orthodox movement rules?
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Multimove variant rules with queen that does two moves in one

I recall playing a multimove variant special rules chess game where one player (say black) has all the usual pieces, while the other player has just a queen that can do two moves in one. So the queen ...
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How to checkmate in an altered version of chess

If you know the name of the chess variant I'm trying to describe, please leave it in the comments. My friend and I have concieved an (most likely already thought up, nevertheless very fun) idea of ...
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What are some ways to get better at Antichess?

I have recently found out about a new chess variant called antichess. I was wondering how to get better at it. Are there any opening moves or strategies in antichess that might help beginners in this ...
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What is the best way to improve Crazyhouse or Bughouse skills?

I have been playing Chess variants for a while now, and I would like to know how to improve my skills in bughouse and crazyhouse. Does anyone have any tips or strategies that would apply to either? ...
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Chess960 tips and strategies

I have recently stared to play chess variants, and I want become better at them. Are there any strategies for chess960 given that the piece placement is random each time?
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What are the rules of chess variant? [duplicate]

What is the name and detailed rules of the chess variant where the first person to lose all their pieces wins. Unfortunately, I'm not sure about the rest of the rules. Are there force captures, or ...
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What is the source of the house-rule 18-moves?

In my area, most kids including me grew up with a very popular house-rule: After all the pieces of either of the players are removed besides the king, the opposing player has 18 moves to checkmate him....
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4 player chess tips

I recently looked into chess.com's four player chess. Its fun but had little success until now. I usually try and play moves to open my diagonal pieces but centre queen rushes always bring trouble. I ...
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How do computers play three-check chess?

How do computers evaluate three-check chess positions where the first side to check the other side three times wins? How do they value the first and second checks? It looks like the position ...
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What does double-check mean in four-player chess on chess.com?

The rule says: Delivering a double-check is worth +5, and triple-checks are worth +15 Is a double check when I am checking two players at one move checking one player with a normal double check ...
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Are there any chess 960 positions where black has the advantage?

I've heard it said that some chess 960 positions have a significant advantage for white, usually involving fast attacks against undefended pawns. However, since zugzwang positions do exist, it's ...
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Number of combinations in chess 960

Can someone derive how do we get the number 960 for chess 960 showing all the possible combinations?
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Antichess piece value

What is the point value of each chess piece in antichess? I think they don't need to be negative values, because you're just going after the lower valued ones. In particular, I wonder what the value ...
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2v2 chess variant where can I play online?

There is this chess variant in India, we call it 'Supply'. Its a 2 vs 2 game with 2 boards and 2 players of a team take alternate colors. the standard rules of chess apply, but with one twist,if your ...
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What are the rules of Quantum Chess?

The game Quantum Chess, as seen in the video where Paul Rudd defeats Hawking, has no "set of rules" written down. You either have to do the in-game tutorial, watch a video on the game and pick them up....
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Is attempting to capture the king advisable in this position?

This position occurred in a game of quantum chess recently: Is trying to take the king with the queen worth the risk? My reasoning for this is: If the bishop is on a2, white can take the king ...
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(4 Queens + 3 Pawns) vs (Entire Standard Army)

My club has recently been playing the variant Etchessera. For those unfamiliar, this variant allows you to build an army consisting of a King and up to 39 points worth of pieces according to the ...
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Black Knight Challenge

Ok so i was introduced to this challenge a few weeks ago. The challenge is to use the Black Knight, that must always be three squares in the third row from the right. The order of the other pieces ...
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Formal rules for two-player bughouse without a clock

I would like to know what are the formal rules for two-player bughouse without a clock. I'd like to think of each team as a single player. It seems to me that bughouse chess works primarily because ...
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Chess fatigueness and recovery?

I have been playing chess for almost two years now and my playing strength revolves around 1000. Quite often every month or so, i play below par and drop to 900's and never been consistent. I dont ...
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Variation of chess where winner has to capture all pieces?

Is there any variation of chess where the winner has to take all of the opponents pieces rather than just force the capture of one of them ? I guess sacrifices wouldn't work well in this variation of ...