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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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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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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List of Crazyhouse engines

I want to get a list of all (because they are certainly only a few existing) crazyhouse engines. I searched in lichess forum posts by googling "crazyhouse engine" and collected many names and links ...
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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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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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Would certain checkmates be possible if the king could move into check?

Similar to a previous question of mine, let's suppose there's a piece that moves like the king, but isn't restricted from moving into check. While a normal king and two knights can't force checkmate, ...
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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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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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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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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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What is the maximum number of squares 8 queens and 8 nightriders can attack on a 16x16 board?

Including but still obstructed by occupied squares, what is the maximum number of squares on a 16x16 board that 8 queens and 8 nightriders can collectively attack at least once each? Even if attacking ...
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Fairy endgame statistics for KDDDDvKN (D=dabbaba; '2,0' leaper)?

The dabbaba is a '2,0' leaper fairy piece, only able to ever reach a quarter of the squares on the board. According to the linked Wikipedia page, a quartet of them can apparently "easily" force mate ...
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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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Which chess variant has the largest board?

The largest I could find was for Double Chess, with a 16x12 board. Is there a variant with a bigger board? It doesn't have to be a variant in which chess pieces follow their orthodox movement rules.
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How do generic game engines work?

The evaluation functions for chess usually includes chess specific knowledge. However, Zillions of Games is able to play any game based only on a description of how the pieces move and winning/losing/...
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Are there any Chess960 positions where Black has the advantage?

I've heard it said that some Chess960 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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When can king and pawn win against another king and pawn?

Assume such a situation: Both players (Black and White) only have two pieces, that is a King and a Pawn. They have the liberty of placing them according to their wishes on the first row of their side ...
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Variant chess effect

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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Chess 960: what is the optimal arrangement? [closed]

Chess 960 is a version of chess where the pieces are arranged behind the row of pawns. The same random arrangement (with the constraints of the king being between the rooks, and the bishops being on ...
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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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An objective measure of the difference in strength between top programs and top human players in the four most popular forms of chess?

Is there an objective measure of the superiority (or otherwise) that the strongest computer programs enjoy over the strongest human players which can be compared across the four main forms of chess, ...
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Are 'Conveyor Belt' Chess variants studied?

A 'Conveyor Belt' Chess variant is where rows (And the pieces on them) of the chessboard move left, right, up or down based on different criteria. I've not seen or heard of a chess variant where rows ...
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Studying why Gardner's Minichess Variant is solved?

I recently came across an interesting article that proves Gardner's Minichess is solved (2013) and the theoretical result is a draw. Might studying why Minichess is a theoretical draw help me better ...
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48 pieces on one board

I saw this picture on the Internet. I am wondering if there is any way to play on this board. Does anyone know what the rules are for this type of chess?
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Where can I get a nice set for Capablanca chess?

Because I'm odd, I'm interested in obtaining a nice-looking set (that need not be portable) for Capablanca chess, the third world champion's chess variant which is played on 10 x 8 board and features ...
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Is a "Strong King" handicap really as powerful as is claimed?

Wikipedia quotes an analysis by GM Harry Golombek (from Golombek’s Encyclopedia of Chess, Crown Publishers, 1977, p. 218. I do not have access to the source) where he lists possible handicaps, in ...
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What's the point of attack board inversion?

In tri-dimensional chess some rule sets allow for the attack board to be moved from the peg on top of the main board to the peg on the underside (as long as the attack board is unoccupied). What is ...
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What is the value of most starting positions in dobutsu shogi?

In dobutsu shogi, the usual starting position is a trébuchet or full-point mutual zugzwang position, but other likely (starting) positions can have a completely different value. If we arrange the ...
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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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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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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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Is it possible to give two more checks here?

If the knight moves then is it possible to give check mate? I have already given one check. I was playing a game of "3 check". How can I get two more checks? Is it not possible? 3 check is a mode in ...
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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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Is there a balanced chess system where players of unknown skill can have an equal chance of winning?

Is there a chess system where you can make players of differing skill levels compete against each other with an equal chance to win without using different chess variations? This system should give ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Monte Carlo Chess

I am trying to develop a Monte Carlo Chess game, to get rid of draw death in higher ranked matches, and give humans a chance against engines. I want it to still be a strategic game, just with ...
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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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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 ...