Questions tagged [chess-variants]

Questions about variants of normal chess including bughouse, Chess960 (Fischer Random), atomic chess, racing kings, crazyhouse, antichess, etc.

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Winning percentage in chess 960 in 2021

Same question as this but now in 2021 and for both computers (no need to answer again for computers, if it's about the same as the answer before, I guess) and humans, and I don't care about sample ...
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Where are all 100 block-board and pieces, excavated from Indus valley kept?

There are 100 square block-based stone boards that were excavated from a 5500 year old site. There were some pieces and broken stone board recovered. This ancient game it for was called Shadyantra. I ...
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5D Chess - Why is white king not in check in this position?

Why cannot black rook on c5 in the bottom timeline capture the king on c5 in the top timeline? Why is the king not in check?
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Can you solve this chess problem of a lone knight against numerous opposing pieces?

[FEN "8/1nq5/bppp4/1p1k1K1N/1rrp3b/2pp2p1/8/n7 w - - 0 1"] I found this interesting and unique chess problem online. Disclaimer: This is not necessarily a position from a game. It's just a ...
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Would move sealing make sense in chessboxing? Or do the chessboxing people explain why they don't have?

In chessboxing, I think that every switch from a chess round to a boxing round is kind of an adjournment. Yet, I notice chessboxing doesn't have move sealing. Some ways a switch is not quite an ...
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Looking for a simple GUI for variants of chess

I am currently coding an engine for a variant of chess called Monster Chess. I was wondering if there a GUI existed that would simply take pieces from a square to another (eg e4 to e5) without ...
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What is the solution to single-check chess?

Single-check chess is a variant where the first person to give check wins. There is a website that claims it has been solved, with white winning in four moves; however, I cannot find the moves ...
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Are there any official rules for Bughouse?

I came across this question - Formal rules for two-player bughouse without a clock - which asks if there is a formal way of breaking deadlock situations where one player on each side doesn't want to ...
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What site/s has/have different ratings for different time controls for Chess960?

Lichess and chess.com and have ratings for Chess960, but this is regardless of time control and bullet/blitz/rapid(/classical) in Lichess. Please recommend a site that has different ratings for ...
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Patterns in Chess960 positions

I have two questions. Where can I find more studies like this Lichess one, please? I got it from this answer elsewhere on this site. The Lichess study is talking about this position [White "...
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Relation between ratings for Chess960 and standard chess

Is there any relation or any attempt at discovering a relation between Chess960 ratings and standard chess ratings? This can be for GMs, for (any)M's, for pro players, or for all players on lichess/...
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Why Chess960 and not Chess959?

This question asks if Chess960 is really Chess960 and not Chess959, i.e. the dice are really not re-rolled (positive, instead of normative). The answer is yes, it really is. However, why is Chess960 ...
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Chess training to get to 2000 rating [closed]

I have been playing chess (sometimes a lot, sometimes none) for a very long time. I want to become an international master in 4 years, or have a rating of 2000. I am 15 right now and have a rating of ...
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Response in antichess to 1. e3 b5 2. Bxb5 Bb7

I've been playing a lot of blitz Giveaway Chess (aka Antichess, etc; a chess variant in which capturing is compulsory, the goal is to lose all the pieces or be stalemated, there is no castling, and ...
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On an infinite board, which pieces are needed to checkmate?

Most of the winnable endgames require cornering the opposing king to checkmate, often using zugzwang. However, if you have an infinite board (infinite in every direction), you won't be able to corner ...
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Why isn't chess played white 1 move, black 2 moves, white 2 moves and so on?

In turn based games like chess, the player playing the first move has an advantage the whole game. One way to "remedy" this is to let the player starting the game make one move (and have the ...
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How many moves of head start does white need for a guaranteed win?

As we all know, it is not known whether white can always win in chess with optimal play. If, however, white got to make two moves before black made their first move would they be able to win with ...
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What rules are known for Chaturanga?

In the ancient Indian game Chaturanga, what rules are known, and how does it vary from modern chess? Also, is it a solved game?
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Controversy over the Xiangqi cannon piece?

When reviewing the nature of the pieces of various chess variants, namely the xiangqi cannon, I asked about its history. I was surprised that the dates of its mentions did not match 8th century ...
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Material value of the Berolina pawn

The Berolina pawn is a fairy piece that moves like a normal pawn, but can move two (and one in all other cases) steps diagonally and capture one forward. How much better (or worse) is this piece ...
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Is there a forced win in CastleChess?

Is there a forced win for White or Black in the chess variant CastleChess? The rules are explained in this post on an obscure blog named “Cinquante signes”, although it is originally from ...
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(Unbalanced) Double-Move chess - can white force a win?

I'm not talking about Marseillais chess (which is similar, but rules are added to reduce the advantage of the white), which is sometimes also called "balanced double-move chess". In a Double-...
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How big is the advantage for white in the “back-rank-game”?

Consider a chess variant in which normal chess rules apply, with one exception. The player that is able to bring a piece or a pawn onto the opponent’s back rank, which would be the 8th rank for White ...
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If there was a perfect play from both sides, but each player was allowed to do 2 moves every time, would white win?

Imagine a game where players are allowed 2 moves instead of one. If there were perfect play from both sides, would White win?
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What is Indian Castling exactly?

Western castling doesn’t exist in historical Indian Chess (Chaturanga). Instead, in some versions, there is a cool move whereby each king can once in the game make a knight's move. I read that it is ...
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New Chess Variant

If in chess, pieces have the option instead to not move, then how would the game change? I have looked through a few positions and I see that zugzwang doesn't work at all. What else would be changed?
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Can 5D chess be solved?

An interesting new variant of chess has emerged, showing that chess will always be fresh-5D chess. I mostly play the 5x5 version, but the positions do not rocket out of control like in the standard ...
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A castling variant-how would it change the game?

In chess, castling can't be done if the king or relevant rook have moved. How would the basic strategy of the game change if the king and rook could castle after moving? Also, how would the game ...
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Chess variant-Is it strategically good?

In this chess variant, the number of moves made both chess players are 1 & 2 alternatively. Here is a showing of it. White Black 1 2 2 1 1 ...
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Are there any inherent problems with point-symmetric random chess?

The regular setup of chess is mirror-symmetric: If you mirror the positions of all figures on the equator of the board (between the fourth and fifth rank) and swap the colours, nothing changes. It is ...
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Why don't chess sites offer best of X match formats? [closed]

I believe chess sites should offer best of 3/5/etc match formats, rather than a one-off game. Basically, if you enter such a game, you don't "win" by just winning 1 game, you have to be the ...
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How much material is needed to force the capture of a lone queen (for example in horde chess)?

In horde chess, the following starting position is used: [FEN "rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/1PP2PP1/PPPPPPPP/PPPPPPPP/PPPPPPPP/PPPPPPPP w - - 0 1"] The goal of White is to checkmate Black; the goal ...
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Which chess GUIs support the chess variants Atomic and King of the Hill?

I want to play against Stockfish offline because I'm going on a trip. I downloaded the compiled exe from GitHub since my laptop will have limited Internet connection. After loading it into the Arena ...
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What is the correct name for a part of a chessboard: 'square' or 'cell'?

I play shogi (Japanese chess) and there is a word "マス" to call a cell of a square lattice not only used in shogi and chess. As far as I have read the article about chess in Wikipedia, it seems that "...
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Would a piece that moved like a king – but could be captured (and could be moved en prise) – be considered a major or a minor piece?

I could be wrong, but it seems like the major determinant of whether a piece is a major piece or a minor piece is whether a king and one of that piece can force checkmate on a lone king. Would this be ...
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Why the extra rank on each side in 4 player chess?

Why do we have an extra rank (the red lines below) on each side in 4 player chess on? What could be the possible logic? (screenshot is taken from chess.com)
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What arrangement of 8 each of these 4 different compound leapers has the “strongest coverage properties” on a 16x16 board?

The 4 compound leapers I'd like to look at are: (1,2), (0,3), (2,2); knight+threeleaper+alfil (1,2), (0,2), (1,1); knight+kirin (1,2), (1,3); knight+camel (1,2), (2,3); knight+zebra What arrangement ...
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Can one side force a loss in regular chess?

Chess is unsolved, so there is no known optimal strategy for one side to force a win or a draw. However, is there an optimal strategy to lose? Consider a variant where checkmate results in a loss, ...
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Gyula Breyer joke composition cooked?

I recently bought the delightful book Outrageous Chess Problems by Burt Hochberg, which among other things contains some interesting joke compositions. I have a question about Problem 102 (diagrammed ...
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What would a playable chess variant with a complexity comparable to Go look like?

What would a playable chess variant with a complexity comparable to Go look like? Simply increasing the board size is a very direct way to increase the complexity of the game, but this comes at the ...
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Fun variants in teaching chess to children

I'm teaching my 5 year old daughter basic chess. While she's kind of interested, I feel the material, such as how the pieces move, mate in 1 puzzles, basic KQ and KR checkmates, etc, is a bit boring ...
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How to Create Positional Theory

I've been playing Kraton Chess, which is basically standard chess except there are 96 different possible starting positions that are similar to the standard starting position. All the rules of ...
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Variant in which two pieces can occupy a single square

A friend and I tried playing this variant yesterday. My question is: Surely someone has looked at this before. Does it have a standard name? Or is there something obviously wrong with it that my ...
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Chess variants-Anyone recall the name for one that has a “superpiece” with the movements of the queen and knight?

What is the name of the chess piece in a variant game where there is a piece that moves like the queen AND a knight? Is there a name for this variant?
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Is there a name for a chess variant where you are allowed to capture your own pieces?

I occasionally think it might be fun to play a chess variant that is exactly the same as regular chess, except that it is permitted to capture your own pieces as well as your opponent's pieces - so, ...
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What sort of strategies unfold on this elongated board?

I recently found this incredibly elongated chess board on the /r/gaming subreddit, with this image: There was a comment thread discussing the potential strategies of playing on this board, with some ...
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Is Choker balanced? [closed]

Choker (chess + poker) was released recently as a mobile app. It is a game where players have a round of poker to bet on cards they draw. They then use these cards to play chess and win the bets. It's ...
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Moving into check for a draw as black, why is it illegal? Comparison to Racing Kings

I am confused why you cannot move into a check when it can force your opponent to capture your king and expose theirs. In such a case why is there no extra move to result in a draw? In the "Racing ...
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Longest possible game of Horde Chess

The longest possible normal game of chess has been calculated, but I want to know what the longest possible game of Horde Chess is. What makes this an interesting case is the crazy amount of pawn ...
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16 roses, 16x16 board; maximum double-attacked squares while all 256 squares are attacked at least once?

The rose is a piece that is best described as a "circular nightrider", able to reach up to 32 other squares from the center of a 13x13 area by making consecutive knight jumps in a rotating fashion in ...

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