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This page is written by the game's inventor, Zbigniew Kokosiński.

Asymmetrical chess

Our asymmetrical chess variant was inspired by the setup of an existing variant called Diagonal chess (well balanced).


The asymmetrical chess variant is played on conventional chessboard and 15 chessmen per player (7 pawns). The initial setup is shown in Fig.1.

Fig.1. Asymmetrical chess setup.


Pieces are the same as in standard chess and have identical abilities, except for double pawn moves. Only seven pawns per player are allowed.


Rules of asymmetrical chess match exactly the rules of standard chess, except for double pawn moves.


This new 2-player variant is playable with any computer program for classical chess which allows setting initial positions. So you can try it immediately!

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By Zbigniew Kokosiński.

Last revised by Zbigniew Kokosiński.

Web page created: 2021-01-24. Web page last updated: 2021-03-29