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Pychess Variants

Many chess variants are available to play here. Available games range from traditional versions of chess played around the world to modern inventions derived from western chess. Each game has something to offer, so please don't hesitate to give each game a try! You can click the links on the left to learn even more about each variant.


Within the game page, you can also find a link directly to that variant's page by clicking on the variant name itself in the top left box.


Each variant also has its own selection of piece sets and boards to choose from! Especially for the Asian variants that use Chinese characters, you can find internationalized pieces for those variants to use as well. To change the settings, click the gear button in the game replay box on the right. You can also scale the board size using the slider here.


If you need to practice with the piece moves and rules before diving into a real game, feel free to start a game against the Random Mover bot.

Chess variants using standard pieces


Chess (Western/International Chess) - Chess, unmodified, as it's played by FIDE standards

Chess 960 - Starting positions in the back row are randomized

Crazyhouse - Take captured pieces and drop them back on to the board as your own

Placement Chess - Choose where your pieces start

Crazyhouse 960 - Combines Crazyhouse and Chess 960

Chess variants using fairy pieces


Capablanca Chess - Play with the archbishop (bishop+knight) and chancellor (rook+knight) on a 10x8 board

Gothic Chess / Trice's Chess - Like Capablanca Chess but with a different starting setup

S-Chess / Seirawan Chess / SHARPER Chess - Uses the same hybrid pieces but are introduced into a standard 8x8 board in a unique manner

Grand Chess - Uses the same hybrid pieces, but played on a grand 10x10 board

Shako - Introduces the cannon and elephant from Xiangqi into a 10x10 chess board

Shogun Chess - Pieces promote and can be dropped, similar to Shogi

Capablanca 960 - Capablanca with Chess 960 rules

Capahouse - Capablanca with Crazyhouse drop rules

Capahouse 960 - Capablanca with Crazyhouse and 960 rules

S-House - S-Chess with Crazyhouse drop rules

Grandhouse = Grand Chess with Crazyhouse drop rules

Shogi variants


Shogi (Japanese Chess) - Pieces promote and can be dropped in this game of intense tactics

Minishogi - Shogi on a 5x5 board

Kyoto Shogi - Pieces flip to a different piece each move

Xiangqi variants


Xiangqi (Chinese Chess) - Open fire on your opponent in this highly aggressive ancient game

Minixiangqi - Xiangqi on a 7x7 board

Southeast Asian variants


Makruk (Thai Chess) - A game closely resembling the original Chaturanga is both familiar and different for Chess players

Cambodian Chess / Ok / Ouk Chatrang - Makruk with a few additional opening abilities

Sittuyin (Burmese Chess) - Similar to Makruk, but pieces are placed at the start of the match