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Chess Variants

193 pages, paperback, ABC, 1. edition 2013.

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From Alice Chess to Ultima, from historical variants to popular present-day ones, they all pass the review in Chess Variants, 50 variants on the game of chess.

This book gives the rules of play for each variant. This makes it a unique reference work, but also a source of inspiration for the reader who wants to discover new variants.


Stimulate your brain and enjoy each variant.

When you hear the term ‘chess variants’, you may think we are talking about opening variations. In this book we present something entirely different. Perhaps a better term would be Fairy Chess, but that sounds a little dreamy. By the way, there was a Dutch Fairy Chess Championship held a few years ago. In 2013 this was followed by the Dutch Freestyle Chess Championship.

In this book, with chess variants we mean variations on the ‘normal’ chess game. The pieces may be different, as in Amazon Chess. The way the men move may be different, as in Ultima. Or the board may have a different shape, as in the various forms of Three-Handed Chess. And sometimes it is a combination of all three, as in Arnhem Chess.

Most of the chess variants in this book you can play immediately, without having to change the shape of the board. Sometimes you need an extra attribute, like a coin in Imitator Chess, or a ‘swamp’ (a piece of paper of 2 by 2 squares’ size) in Swamp Chess.

My first aim with this book is to create a reference work for players who like to play a variant from time to time, but do not know the various rules. The book may also serve as a manual for chess clubs who want to organize a tournament featuring, for instance, five rounds with different variants.

A secondary aim is that a reader can wrack his brains on a variant like Legan’s Chess, setting aside his normal chess thinking and entering a completely new world.

A third aim is to offer help to chess trainers who want to make youth players think about the way the pieces move by showing them, for example, a variant like Lambeth Conference.

But my chief aim is to stimulate the enjoyment of chess. If a chess player looks at a chess variant once in a while and plays it, he will also realize how much fun orthodox chess is!

Language English
Author Caljé, Adrey
Publisher ABC
Edition 1.
Medium Book
Weight 525 g
Width 15.2 cm
Height 23 cm
Pages 193
Year of Publication 2013
Binding paperback

Chess Variants