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Chess Games

There are many chess games in the database; this list documents many of them although there are enough variants that it likely is not entirely comprehensive, as some variants are listed under odd or non-intuitive names.

Many more chess variants can be found at http://chessvariants.org/

Semi-Standard Variants

2-Player Variants

8x8 Standard Board

Square Grid-based Boards

  • BS Chess (Bluffing Style Chess) (6x6 board, Stratego-like, and allows players to make illegal moves)
  • Elemental Chess (9x9 board. Players have an "Elementalist" that can summon other pieces, or cast spells on the board)
  • Gala (10x10 board with different and special piece movement)
  • Grand Chess (10x10 board with 2 additional pieces, Marshall and Cardinal)
  • Kaissa (10x10, based on the fictional world of Gor)
  • Ministers Chess (9x9 board, each player gets an extra pawn, and two ministers, which replace the queen)
  • Modern Chess (9x9 board, each player gets an extra pawn, and a minister who moves like a knight or a bishop)
  • Mutant Chess (6x6 board, pieces can combine and split to form more powerful/less powerful pieces)
  • Omega Chess (10x10 board, with added pieces Wizard and Champion)
  • QQChess (13x13, "Traitorous" pieces, and "bouncing" knights)
  • Quad Quest Chess (12x12, Accommodates 2,3, or 4)
  • Shako (10x10 board, with pieces taken from Xiangqi)
  • Super Chess (10x10, with extra pieces for each side)

Non-square Grid-based Boards

  • Capablanca Chess (10x8 board, adds Chancellor and Archbishop pieces)
  • Courier Chess (12x8 board, adds new pieces including Courier, Counselor, and Spy)
  • Chessword (14x8 board, plays like normal chess, but the goal is not to capture opponent's king, but rather to land on letters on the board in a proscribed order to spell a word)
  • Choiss (64 board pieces, with modular play to dynamically build the board, normal pieces)
  • Dodl Schach (6x4 board, each player has queen, king, and two pawns)
  • Dragon Chess (16x10, with 3x3 cut from each corner. Additional two "Dragon" pieces per player, and expanded field of 124 squares)
  • Eurasian Chess (XiangQi board, adds in various pieces from other chess games.)
  • Gothic Chess (10x8 board with additional pieces)
  • Half-board Chess (4x8 board where players arrange their 16 pieces secretly on their half)
  • Millennium Chess (8x15 Chessboard with twice as many pieces per player, but only three rooks, not four)
  • Quadroschach (12x12, with 2x2 cut from each corner. Chess variant for 2 players (using a bigger board), 3 players (2 vs. 1) or 4 players (teams or individual))
  • Quattro Schach (14x14, with 3x3 cut from each corner. Chess variant that plays up to four players)
  • Quick Chess (5x6, teaching tool)
  • Regimental Chess (14x14, pieces move individually or in battalions)
  • Rennaissance Chess (10x12, each player has 34 pieces)
  • Schach Plus (64 board pieces, with modular play to dynamically build the board. Chess variant of some sort)
  • Schachy (14x12, Chess variant with more pieces; players roll dice to determine what pieces can be moved)
  • Shahmot (grid is rotated 45 degrees, there are 120 spaces. Accommodates 2,3, or 4)
  • Short Chess (6x6 board, smaller compliment of pieces)
  • Spanish Chess (10x8, Archer pieces move forward like a rook, but backward like a bishop)

Card pack variants

3-Player Variants

4-Player Variants

Circular Board Variants

2-Player Variants

  • Byzantine Chess Uses a 16 X 4 circular board with unplayable center ring.
  • Centre Chess Uses a 18 X 4 circular board, play across the center pole is allowed.
  • CHECKCHESS RoundBoard The circular board consists of eight rings of eight spaces each. White sets up in the center, black at the edge.
  • Circular Chess (1983 - David B Reynolds) Uses a 16 X 4 circular board with unplayable center ring like Byzantine Chess but has different rules.
  • Circular Chess (2001 - Martin and Alan Mattlage) The board has a ninth diameter (file) added, but with unplayable spaces in the first two circles (ranks), preventing pieces in the first rank directly attacking each other.
  • Cirondo The board has 8 rings of 32 spaces, a center region of four space with special rules, and accommodates 2,3, or 4 players.
  • Global Chess Two linked circular boards each 4 rings of 8 spaces where play wraps around as though they were a sphere.
  • Orbital Chess Playable by 2, 3, and 4. 2 and 4 player uses a 6 ring, 32 space board with special center area movement. 3 player has 4 rings of 30, with 3 areas each separated by two spaces attached to the outside of the rings of 2 arcs of 8 spaces. The center also has special move rules.
  • QUAD: Galactic Chess Circular board, unknown dimensions, 2 or 4 players.
  • Infinite Chess Àn 'infinity board'- Two circular boards of 4 ranks of 7 spaces, next to each other, with an interconnecting area between the circles replaces with a 4x4 square grid.

3-Player Variants

  • 3 Man Chess The board has six rings of 24 spaces. This is a 3-way-only variant.
  • Cirondo The board has 8 rings of 32 spaces, a center region of four space with special rules, and accommodates 2,3, or 4 players.
  • Orbital Chess Playable by 2, 3, and 4. 2 and 4 player uses a 6 ring, 32 space board with special center area movement. 3 player has 4 rings of 32, with 3 areas each separate by two spaces attached to the outside of the rings of 2 arcs of 8 spaces. The center also has special move rules.

4-Player Variants

  • Cirondo The board has 8 rings of 32 spaces, a center region of four space with special rules, and accommodates 2,3, or 4 players.
  • Orbital Chess Playable by 2, 3, and 4. 2 and 4 player uses a 6 ring, 32 space board with special center area movement. 3 player has 4 rings of 32, with 3 areas each separate by two spaces attached to the outside of the rings of 2 arcs of 8 spaces. The center also has special move rules.
  • QUAD: Galactic Chess Circular board, unknown dimensions, 2 or 4 players.

Hexagonal Grid Board Variants

2-Player Variants

3-Player Variants

Non-square/ Non-hex Board Variants

2-Player Variants

  • Diamond Chess (Instead of 64 squares on the board, it is instead 98 triangles)
  • Star*Chess (Diamond-shaped spaces based on a ten-pointed star)
  • Z-Chess (Chess on a board that is not exactly squares, not exactly hexagons)

4-Player Variants

International Chess Games

3D Chess Variants

Oddities

  • Chex (tile game using chess movement, but historically related to Hive)
  • Tile Chess (tile game using chess movement, seemingly related to Hive and Chex
  • INVALID OBJECT ID=25903, type=thing (Card game using chessmen as means to attack/defend)
  • Chessers (Vaguely related to Chess, Checkers, and Traverse)
  • Chessgammon (Seemingly related to Backgammon, movement is dictated by dice, and captured kings (of which a player has 4) are merely returned to the starting spaces)
  • ChessHeads (Trading card game where a player builds a deck of cards for chesspieces, and then uses the deck to play chess... somehow?)
  • Cheskers (Combination of Chess and Checkers? Sparse description)
  • ChessMage: Deck of the Myriad Shards {RPG extension of Chess? Seemingly a failed prototype.)
  • ChessQuito (Vastly scaled-down introductory game, 4x4 board with 4 pieces per player)
  • Chessmate (Card game, seemingly no board, 6 players)
  • ChessWar (Wargame based on chess board, some pieces use ranged attacks)
  • Chipco Chess (Chess + Wargaming die rolls to determine combat)
  • Express Chess (Chess CCG)
  • Jetan (Chess-like game described by Edgar Rice Burroughs in Chessmen of Mars)
  • Military Chess (Chess-like game that sounds more like Xiangqi?)
  • Smess: The Ninny's Chess (Arrows on the board dictate movement)
  • Terning-skak (Chess with dice)
  • Proteus (Chess with dice)
  • WonderChess (Standard game, but the pieces are fillable with prizes!)
  • Navia Dratp (CMG with chess-like play)
  • Tic Tac Chec (A Tic-tac-toe like game using chess pieces; no king to capture, but other player's pieces can be captured and returned, 4x4 grid)
  • Allegiance (Described as combining elements of Checkers, Chess, and Backgammon)
  • Zamitar (Chess-like, with pieces that "bounce" off of board borders.
  • Trinôme (Described as a combination of checkers and chess)
  • Courtyard (Like a combination of checkers and chess, but the goal is to get the king to the courtyard in the middle of the board)
  • INVALID OBJECT ID=31677, type=thing (Chess-like, but the goal is to either capture the king, or get the king to the opposite corner)
  • Helios (A chess-like abstract, with different movement rules.
  • Sceptre 1027 A.D. (Multi-player chess (2-4) with terrain effects.)
  • East vs. West (Chess) (An amalgam game where Western chess pieces face off against Eastern chess pieces)

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