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 About chess variants

Chess variants are often invented by people who are themselves good chess players. Having a good knowledge of the standard game, they believe, always with good reasons, that their invention is an improvement of the king of games, and therefore they are promoting with a lot of energy and conviction what they believe that will be the next step of chess evolution.

This has been the case all along the history of chess for at least 1500 years, and with the sole exception of the reform that gave Queens and Bishops their modern moves around year 1475, this next step of evolution has never been successful.

It is indeed very unlikely to happen. In 1475, chess had no theory to support its analysis and was a mere game among others. Nowadays, the situation is quite different considering the huge development of chess worldwide.

In addition, chess players tend to be rather hostile to any change to their game. Mostly because they are acquainted to it and they master the play as part of their own knowledge and skills, also probably because they deny to anyone else the capability of being smarter than them to impose new rules. The latest point is the reason why some inventors of chess variants are seeking the support of recognized chess champions in order to be convincing, when it is not chess champions themselves who try to promote their invention (example of Capablanca, Seirawan).

A similar psychologic feeling is also limiting the adoption of a given chess variant by other chess variant inventors who are reluctant to betray their own invention by adopting someone else's one.

Having these facts in mind, I believe that any chessvariant inventor shall be realist. What is important is to play. Inventing a chessvariant is the game by itself on which they can take pleasure. If other people play with it, it is a bonus. And if they play at it, it is wonderful.

These pages present several Chess variants of my own

My Favorites

  • SHAKO on a 10x10 board, with Cannons and Elephant like in Xiangqi.
  • INVASION a military variant on a 84 squares board.
  • ROLLERBALL on a special "skate-ring" board with 40 squares.
  • METAMACHY on the dozenal 12x12 board with 12 types of pieces
  • MAASAI CHESS more on the dozenal 12x12 board with 20 types of pieces

 Chess Variants on very large boards

My other chessvariants, not preferred today but still nice to play:

  • TAMERLANE 2000  on a 11x11 board with promotion and crowning rules.
  • WILD TAMERLANE a furious battle on a 11x11 board
  • PEMBA an extension of Shako on the 10x10 board
  • ZANZIBAR an extension of Metamachy crowding the 12x12 board
  • TERAMACHY on a 16x12 board, with 21 different pieces.
  • GIGACHESS on a 14x14 board with 20 different pieces.
  • TERACHESS on a HUGE 16x16 board, with 24 different pieces.

More Chess Variants

All over the years, I have made a lot of attempts which led me to invent other chess-like games.

Obsolete ideas

Seminal proposals, today abandoned because they are surpassed by METAMACHY. Given here for memory.

 Catalog of Chess pieces

See our catalog!

A Chessvariant set

Look at my home-made wooden set here

Find those Chess variants on the Chess Variant Pages.

Retrouvez-les sur le site "The Chess Variant Pages"


(modified 07/07/2021)