Do you play any chess variants?

Do you play any chess variants?

  • Yes, I play several
  • There are one or two I play from time to time, but I find I prefer traditional chess
  • What are chess variants?
  • No, never. Traditional chess is all I need

Created on May 5, 2009 | 3556 Votes | 29 Comments


  • 3 years ago


    I wish I could

  • 5 years ago


    I love playing atomic chess.

  • 5 years ago


    You might try Spartan Chess....

    Spartan chess is a chess variant played on a standard 8x8 chess board. The two sides have pieces and pawns with different characteristics and capabilities. Such differences you would expect between opponents on an actual ancient battlefield.

    The Black side represents the Spartans and the White the Persians. The Persians have pawns, pieces, an initial placement, and move in accord with the rules of orthodox chess.

    The Spartans have two Kings and with the exception of their Kings, every Spartan playing piece moves differently from any piece found in orthodox chess.

    See rules here: Spartan Chess Rules

  • 6 years ago


    i play +30

  • 7 years ago


    most variants aren't too good for your chess game, unfortunately Frown

    I do like Siamese Chess though -

    And, of course, blitz!

    But in general, I don't really play variants that much

  • 7 years ago


    i play team chess suicide chess and fairy chess

  • 7 years ago


    Xiangqi, Shogi, Makrook (Thai).  I have played Chess960,Ultima (a weird variant), Janggi, and Byzantine Chess.

    A current low level obsession is to beat the Zillions of Games engine in a game of Tammerlane's Chess.

    Zillions of Games is a program that uses a generic engine to play lots of board games.  The free version has complete playable versions of Xiangqi, Jianggi, Ultima, Makrook, Sittuyin, and Fairy Chess.  If you buy the paid version for 25 bucks, you can download literally hundreds of Chess variants.  Tammerlane's Chess, played at his court in ancient times, is a large chess variant, with a few very strange pieces.  I just can't seem to make effective use of my giraffes.

  • 8 years ago


    Yes. Crazyhouse, blackout, no-check, bughouse, and custom back row.

  • 8 years ago


    Variant fans have flirted briefly with 13% in the poll.  Go team !

  • 8 years ago


    "Pass Chess" is a wonderful variant.  The rules are exactly as normal but.....on every move each player may (if he wishes) ask his opponent to do a different move.  Each player can only do this once for each of their opponent's moves.

    It's amazingly tactical as you often have to choose mediocre moves in the hope your opponent asks you to make a different move which may well turn out to be much better.

  • 8 years ago


    The name Chess Variants may be misleading to those who're not into it. It suggests that those games are all somehow minor variations on chess.

    Chess, referred to in the chess variant community as FIDE chess or orthochess, is a one game in a large family of games. That family includes historical games, the ancestors of chess. It includes games that share a common origin with chess, such as Chinese Chess(Xiangqi) and Japanese Chess (Shogi). It includes many different variations that were played alongside chess, and many more chess-like games that have been invented over the years.

    It's not about "making chess more interesting."

    Some chess variants are modest variants, that is, they only differ slightly from FIDE chess. Some draw their inspiration from other sources.

    To me it seems perfectly natural that someone who enjoys playing chess might enjoy playing other chess like games.

    And if you think that "real chess players don't play chess variants", think again.

    There are chess Grandmasters who play chess variants.

    Raul Capablanca not only played them, he invented one:

    Laszlo Polgar wrote Reform Chess, an exercise book based on chess variants (modest variants, mostly different sized boards)

    There's a Gothic Chess organization

    I suggest taking a look at at

    Maybe you'll find something interesting.

  • 8 years ago


    No, seriously: what are chess variants?

  • 8 years ago


    Bughouse chess is the best! Chess 960 isn't bad either

  • 8 years ago


    We have a game in Croatia called Pero-Ždero. It is playede that you have to be the first one whitout figurines on the board, including your king. when you are on the move if you are attacking anything you have to eat it. We also play baby-chess. 4 players on 2 boards playing on 5 mins. You eat something, you give it to your partner, played in couples

  • 8 years ago


    Chess varient is cool. Although I would probably rather prefer normal chess!!

  • 8 years ago


    does it count as a chess varian playing chess nude? haha

    Seriously, I played what in Spain is called "american chess"

    A (white) vs B (black) and  C (white) vs D (black)

    A and D go in the same team (B and C too)

    everytime a piece is captured it is given to your partner in the other game

  • 8 years ago


    Ooops! I entered the wrong one! I HATE chess variants. Well, maybe not that much, but I still prefer REAL chess! :)

  • 8 years ago


    the only variant I play is Bughouse!

  • 8 years ago


    maybe im just old school, but im very happy with chess just the way it is.  chess is so very interesting in itself, that i don't need to play for money to make it interesting.  likewise, i don't need variations to make it challenging.  Maybe if i was Bobby Fischer i would need variations to make it interesting, but im not quite there yet. lol

  • 8 years ago


    I've played Alice chess a few times and it rocks.

    Apart from that I would like to try out Fisher Random but I really haven't tried it yet.

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