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Blue Chip Chess

Inventor: Neal Turner, March 2002


This variant is similar to Refusal Chess and No-Chess, but instead of denying the opponent a move, we deny him the use of a square. There is however also the extra possibility of reserving a square for our own use on our next move. Thus we have a variant which is very similar to normal chess but with more depth provided by the added options at each turn. It is very suitable for correspondance play, but not too difficult for OTB play.


  1. The variant uses the normal rules, a normal 8x8 board with the normal set of pieces with the addition of a single chip or marker (which doesn't have to be blue).
  2. When the chip is sitting on a square the player to move is denied the right to move on to that square.
  3. A move consists of two parts: moving a piece and placing the chip.
  4. The chip can only be placed on an empty square.
  5. The player moving the chip must place it on a different square to the one it is currently sitting on.
  6. At the beginning of the game black starts by placing the chip then white continues with a piece+chip move which then alternate in the normal way.


Written by Neal Turner.
Webpage created: January 17, 2003.