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Besiege Chess

by Köksal Karakus


All rules except direction of pawn moves and promotions are just as in usual chess.

En passant captures, castling moves, mating etc. are just as in orthodox chess.


In this variant black has the advantage of consisting of a one whole group, but the disadvantage of being besieged from both sides by white. I tried the variant, and it seems to me both sides have equal chances.


  1. One can play a variant in which the board is wrapped and the 1st and the 16th rows come together. This makes the game more symmetric.
  2. One of the the queens which are next to king may be empresses, so that they can guard their king better.

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Written by Köksal Karakus. Conversion to html by David Howe.
WWW page created: January 18, 2000.