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This page is written by the game's inventor, Peter Hatch.

Fantasy Grand Chess

Fantasy Grand Chess adds different armies with fantasy themes to Grand Chess.

The Rules

The Armies


Version 1.1 (November 26th, 2000):
Removed en passant and made stalemate a loss, like in Grander Chess. Since I no longer needed the definition of pawn for en passant, I changed it so that Orcs can capture pawns as well when they "promote".
Changed it so that pieces are never forced to promote, even if they will be unable to move for the rest of the game if they don't.
Fixed a mistake with the Pegasus, it was supposed to say moves as an Eagle or Stag, not Eagle or Horse.
Fixed a mistake with the Puma, the description said it moved diagonally, instead of orthogonally. The notation was right before.
Version 1.0 (April 30th, 1999):
Original version submitted to the Large Variant 99 Contest.

Zillions of Games

I've done a third implementation of Fantasy Grand Chess for Zillions of Games. You can download it here:

Because it uses a selection screen, installation is not as simple as it is for most ZRFs. The easiest method is to unzip it into you Zillions of Games directory. See the readme for more details.

Contact Information

You can reach me at (email removed contact us for address) Any feedback is welcome.

Written by Peter Hatch.
WWW page created: November 26, 2000.