1. Chess variants with different initial positions


These chess variants have different initial positions than chess. Otherwise the rules are the same, the table is the same, and the pieces are the same (but not necessarily in the same number).

Different order


Chess 960

Randomized starting position on the first rank.

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Mongredien Chess

The same kind of minor pieces are on the same side.

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Transposed pieces

The bishops and the knights are transposed.

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Fianchetto Chess

The rooks and the bishops are transposed.

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Reversed Royals

The black queen and king are transposed.

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Other symmetric


Advanced Pawn Chess

The pawns start on the third rank.

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Corner Rook Chess

All pieces except rooks start one step advanced.

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Sixteen Pawns

There are twice as many pawns.

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Pawn Endgame

There are only pawns and kings.

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Upside-down Chess

Reversed initial position. The pawns are one step away from promotion.

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Asymmetric, balanced

In these variants though the initial position is not symmetric, the chances may be more or less equal. The exact number of pieces is adjustable.


Pawns for Queen

White has no queen, but has more pawns instead.

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Pawns vs Knights

White has only pawns, and Black has knights and a single pawn.

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Knight Army

Black has seven knights and more pawns.

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Queens vs Knights

Black has only queens, and white has only knights.

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Unequal

These variants explicitly prefer one player (white) to equalize players with different skills.


Pawn Handicap

A black pawn is missing.

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Two Pawns Handicap

Two black pawns are missing.

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Knight Handicap

One of the black knights is missing.

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Rook Handicap

One of the black rooks is missing.

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Bishop-pair Handicap

Both black bishops are missing.

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Queen Handicap

The black queen is missing.

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Two Rooks Handicap

Both black rooks are missing.

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Queen and Rook Handicap

Black has no queen and only one rook.

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Queenside Handicap

All the black queenside is missing.

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