Check out Chess with Different Armies, our featured variant for July, 2024.


Set up and play like regular chess, except your pawns are somewhat kamikaze. On your turn, instead of moving, you can "blow up" a pawn -- it and any pieces on the 8 adjacent squares are removed from the game. Be careful, don't let an enemy pawn get next to your king! This also has the side-effect that castling is a lot less useful.


  1. If a pawn is captured, it's TNT pack goes off, meaning it's capturer goes... but so do the 8 pieces around it meaning that you need to keep your pawns AWAY from your king!
  2. All pieces can bomb. Using the king as a bomb concedes the game, unless you take or bare the opponent's king with the move, in which case it's a draw.

Written by Adam Norberg. Web page posted by David Howe.
WWW page created: 7 Sep 2000. Last modified on: 7 Sep 2000.