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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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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Is 1. Nf3 good for white in bughouse?

I was wondering... When me and my friends play bughouse, a very common opening we play is 1. Nf3 Nf6, 2. Ng5 Ng4, 3. Nxf7 Nxf2, 4. Nxd8 Nxd1 Is this a good choice of opening in bughouse?
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Is short castling dangerous in Bughouse?

When I play Bughouse, I see that, every single time after a castling, petty sacrifices can easily be break the wall that surrounds the king,Therefore, is it really worth castling, especially short ...
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Chess variation where the goal is to lose all pieces

A friend challenged me to a chess variation I have never heard of. All chess rules apply. If you have an opportunity to take a piece, you must take it, you cannot avoid or block exchanges. The only ...
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Playing Crazyhouse OTB

I was playing Crazyhouse online on Lichess and I wondered how to play OTB, namely how to change the color of a captured piece. I came up with 2 methods. Exchange the captured piece for another of a ...
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Bughouse rating formula

Is there rating formula like ELO but for bughouse chess?
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Does three-player chess have any special tactics I should know about?

In chess, attacking the centre and using major pieces to support minor pieces to support pawns are common tactics. In three-player chess the game is more complex. Should I be taking the centre, ...
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What are the shogi equivalents of Fool's and Scholar's mate?

In western chess, the Fool's mate and Scholar's Mate are two well-known mates that take very few moves from the starting position. What would be the shogi equivalents to these, or, more generally, ...
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What are the rules for pawn wars?

I ask about the exact rules for the chess variant known as pawn wars. The starting position contains only pawns which move exactly like in chess and the first to promote wins. [FEN "8/pppppppp/8/8/8/...
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How to determine the value of a piece from scratch?

Assume we have a standard chess set setup, but we make a slight change so that (for example) pawns can now move two squares forward on any move rather than just on their initial move. Even assuming ...
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What is this battleship-style chess variant called?

So I've recently built and published a chess app, targeted at club chess player (like myself). The goal of the app is to educate and make chess more accessible. I'm working on an update. One of the ...
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Non-losing strategy for white

If you modify chess so that white gets to make one extra move within the first 10 moves, is it possible to show there is a non-losing strategy for white?
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Initial position with board "reflected"

The rule says that the a1 (and consequently the h8) square must be black, in other words, the leftmost square of the first row of each player must be black. With this the kings stay at the right side ...
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Four way chess -checkmate

My friends and I have been playing knightmare chess in a four player variant. We were playing with the stipulation that when a player is checkmated, after his turn he removes his king from the board ...
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4 Player chess strategies

Are there any nice strategies for 4 player chess? (Bughouse chess) How to open, how to win? I have not found anything good on the web.
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What are the best opening moves and plan for a "pawn plus 2 moves" handicap game?

Our club runs a handicap tournament where handicaps are based on rating difference. I recently had to play a player rated about 300 lower than me and give him pawn plus two moves. That means I was ...
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Is there any position where not promoting(illegally) would be the best move?

Is there any position, where moving a pawn to last rank but not promoting it to any piece would be the best move? By the way, I know this is an illegal move. Assume it is legal. Edit: Now we have a ...
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What are the differences between Chess and Go from the perspective of computers? [closed]

Please list the differences between the game of Chess and the game of Go for engine programming in a similar format as this one: Go: Item 1 Item 2 ... Chess: Item 1 Item 2 ...
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What first moves would be advantageous for black?

What White moves give away the first-move advantage?
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What is the largest amount of players at once that can play during a single chess game?

I understand there is 3 man and 4 man chess but is there anything higher?
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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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On how to learn Xiangqi (Chinese Chess) or Shogi (Japanese Chess)

I learned international chess using the tutorials in Ubisoft's Chessmaster, alongside doing tactical and strategical exercises from books, studying master games, and from playing. I want to learn how ...
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How to combine Basic Strategies to a winning-system

Suppose one want to have a strategy so one can win over a "normal/average" chess-player. I was thinking that there was a set of strategies which could be combined so that one could memorize it? Say ...
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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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How to weakly solve Tiger Hunt, Atlantis Chess and Peasants' Revolt

Tiger Hunt is a chess variant where an entire army without a queen fight against a royal amazon (tiger, queen+knight). I believe it is certainly a win for the army just like Marahaja and Sepoys. I ...
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Is this a chess variant? Chess without taking pieces!

I just noticed a special style of playing chess in some of the top games in chess.com; A chess without taking pieces: The whole game here: [FEN ""] [Event "Live Chess"] [Site "Chess.com"] [Date "...
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Is Chess960 a desirable alternative to classical chess? [closed]

Considering the great depth to which most opening lines have been analyzed by computers now, requiring a voluminous memory to compete successfully at the highest levels, is substituting the variant ...
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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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How to defend from the crazy knight attack opening at Nf3 ..., Nd4 in Atomic chess?

Here's a game of Atomic chess I played with a friend. As you may see, neither of us are very good at Atomic chess and the game ended in under twenty moves. [FEN "rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/8/8/PPPPPPPP/...
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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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Other than Fairy-Max, is there a variant [fairy] chess engine that is compatible with XBoard?

Fairy-Max (which ships with the XBoard package) can play variant chess. Is there any other XBoard-compatible engine that also plays variant chess (and 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 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 ...
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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, is the analysis of the moves more complex 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 year oldson 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 ...
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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?

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 ...
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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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Who is best at Fischer Random chess, humans or engines?

I know that the old good question about engines vs humans has been asked multiple times, e. g. here. But what about random chess (aka Fischer chess or chess960)? Can humanity feel confortable about ...
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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 ...