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Chess variants (000)
Odds-game, Fischer Random, etc.

Number of games in database: 458
Years covered: 1780 to 2020
Overall record:
   White wins 56.8%
   Black wins 31.0%
   Draws 12.2%

Popularity graph, by decade

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With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Paul Morphy  159 games
Siegbert Tarrasch  28 games
Philidor  12 games
Charles Maurian  64 games
NN  38 games
Paul Morphy  30 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Morphy vs Le Carpentier, 1849
Tarrasch vs Romberg, 1893
Morphy vs A Morphy, 1850
Morphy vs Maurian, 1855
Cochrane vs A Deschapelles, 1821
Sturmer vs The Turk, 1820
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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Bernard / Carlier vs Philidor 1-0321780Miscellaneous Game000 Chess variants
2. Maseres vs Philidor 0-1581783Blindfold Simultaneous000 Chess variants
3. Leycester vs Philidor 0-1351788Odds London000 Chess variants
4. Leycester vs Philidor 0-1241788blind sim.000 Chess variants
5. Philidor vs J Bruehl 0-1201788London000 Chess variants
6. Leycester vs Philidor 0-1291788Odds London000 Chess variants
7. Leycester vs Philidor ½-½791788London000 Chess variants
8. Philidor vs J Bruehl ½-½491788London000 Chess variants
9. Nowell vs Philidor 0-1601788London Blind Simul000 Chess variants
10. Philidor vs J Bruehl 1-0481788London000 Chess variants
11. Philidor vs J Wilson 1-0441789London000 Chess variants
12. Philidor vs Cotter 1-0221789London000 Chess variants
13. Philidor vs J Bruehl 0-1391789London000 Chess variants
14. Philidor vs J Bruehl 1-0191789London000 Chess variants
15. Philidor vs J Bruehl 1-0281789London000 Chess variants
16. J Bruehl vs Philidor 0-1331790London Blind000 Chess variants
17. G Jennings vs Philidor 1-0451790London Blind000 Chess variants
18. G Jennings vs Philidor 0-1281790London Blind000 Chess variants
19. J Bruehl vs Philidor ½-½531790London Blind000 Chess variants
20. Philidor vs G Atwood 1-0221794London000 Chess variants
21. Philidor vs G Atwood 0-1481795Odds Game a1 Rook and c7 pawn000 Chess variants
22. G Atwood vs Philidor 0-1251795London000 Chess variants
23. Philidor vs G Atwood 1-0271795London000 Chess variants
24. Philidor vs G Atwood 0-1141795London000 Chess variants
25. Philidor vs J Wilson ½-½621795London000 Chess variants
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Jun-23-07  2021: Also there is Patrol Chess
Jun-23-07  2021: Here is some more:

Checkers Chess

Checkless Chess

Knight Relay Chess

Jun-23-07  2021: If you want all of them, here they are:
Jun-23-07  WarmasterKron: <2021> I've played both Knight Relay Chess and Three Checks Chess. The latter is surprisingly tricky.
Jul-18-07  Sibahi: if you want most of them (which are much more than the wiki article), have a look at
Aug-04-07  Ed Trice: I like Gothic Chess personally :)

Aug-20-07  arunjangity: ok, i give up...what is it???
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: That's what happens after you've drank about a dozen glasses of those yellow liquid! =)
Jun-15-08  Xeroxx: This opening should be applied more often by white because white wins 65.0 per cent of the games!
Sep-24-08  just a kid: Maybe Kramnik or Leko should take up this opening more often.
Oct-11-08  ThePawnOTron2: The best of all is obviously ThePawnOTron2 Chess, where captured pieces can be placed on the board by the player whose piece was captured?


Jan-02-09  WhiteRook48: what an opening!!
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  GrahamClayton: Edward Winter mentions in "Kings, Commoners and Knaves" (Russell Enterprises, 1999) that there were several games in the 19th century where one player would remove their Queen, but would receive extra pawns as compensation. There are multiple games with one player receiving 8 extra pawns, plus 1 game where the player received 9 pawns - General Guingret v L Kieseritzky.

White had extra pawns on c4, d4, e4, f4, g4, b3, c3, f3 and g3.

Jan-15-09  TheaN: Knight mate:


Same as orthodox with these changes:

1) On b1 and g1 there will be a White King and on b8 and g8 there will be a Black King as regular Kings without the King's characteristics. They cannot castle, may be attacked, the attack does not have to be negated and they may be captured as normal pieces.

2) On e1 there will be a White Knight and on e8 there will be a Black Knight as regular Knights with the characteristics of a King, although they move as Knights. They may castle where orthodox rules apply, an attack on them must be negated and they may not be captured.

3) Pawns cannot be promoted into Knights and may promote into Kings.

4) As in orthodox chess, an attacked Knight is in checkmate when the attack cannot be negated and the checkmated players loses, and if a player cannot move when he is not in check will result in stalemate with a draw.

This variant can be immensely complex as one, the King's value cannot be easily disputed, two, Knights are easily checkmated and three, in the beginning it might be completely counterintuitive to move with Kings and let the Knight stay put.

I enjoy this one from time to time.

Jan-15-09  kellmano: Reading this page has given me a hunger to play some chess variants. The only one I have really played at all is chess960
Jan-29-09  patzer of patzers: Does anyone have/know where I could easily access opening theory on pawn and move (also possibly pawn and two) games? I recently played a game giving pawn and move, and responded to 1.e4 with 1...e5??? It was only by luck that my opponent didn't see the devastating 2.Qh5+...
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  Phony Benoni: <patzer of patzers> Well, if you're not talking about <recent> therey:

Jan-29-09  patzer of patzers: Thanks, <PhonyBenoni>, once again you provide another solution to my trivial chess needs! Unfortunately, I don't have much time to look at that document, but I will, perhaps, consult a little bit of it each day. I do already know that 1...c5 (as played by Philidor) is a blunder, dropping a second pawn, so I won't need to study that...
Feb-18-09  WhiteRook48: think I'll play Knightmate or pawnstorm
Feb-19-09  WhiteRook48: patrol chess is a bit risky for me, though
Feb-26-09  WhiteRook48: I'd want to play Four-way-chess
Feb-28-09  WhiteRook48: too bad only premium members can do the upcoming Fischer-random
Oct-28-09  randomsac: There is only one variant game in this database that NN has won. It was one of the Fisherrandom games played on the internet.
Dec-26-12  Bengambit: OK found it it's called Chess variants (000) thanks again ..........
Sep-30-13  framsey: Does the following variant have a name?

Standard chess, except that in the event of a draw the win is awarded to the player with more material on the board (traditional point system: 1/3/5/9), plus 0.5 points to black.

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