Another variant of chess is "alice through
the looking glass
chess" It is played on two
boards. A move is made on on board but the piece
transports itself to the equvalent place on the
second board. Each move results in such a transportation
The King can get out of some tricky situations this way.
There is the famous star-treck chess, rules are available.
I have seen rules for chess on an 8X8X8 grid, but never
played this. I hvae played on an 8X8X3 grid.
The central tier contains the usual pieces, the
upper and lower tiers have princes and princesses
instead of Kins and Queens. The rooks on these boards
can move in 3-d as can the knights and
the bishops (they have different names, but I have forgotten them.) The game is won either by mating the King or
capturing both princes.
After playing a few games of this, regular chess
Another variant I have played is a four player game
played on the one board. 8X3 grids
are added to the four sides of the chess board and four
complete stes of different colours are placed there.
You can either play in pairs or against each other.
The game is fairer when played in pairs as it prevents three
ganing up on one.
There are rules available for Klingon chess. The King
can be captured, but the player playes on,
to the death and for honour. Pawns reaching the eigth
rank instead of being promoted get displaced to a random
position on the board. If there is already a piece there
both are destroyed in the colliison. There are
some other modifications in the way pieces can
combine when making moves, alltogehter
a very chaotic and bloody game.
There are rules for one dimensional chess,
Remember, if you ask someone to play a game of chess
it is like telling them that you hate them.