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Dipole Chess

This game is a cross between Chess and Mark Steere's Dipole. It originated from the game Forwards Chess. Since Forwards Chess reminded of me of Dipole, it was natural to try adapting the Dipole rules to Forwards and normal (orthodox) Chess.


Uses the same as in orthodox Chess.


Uses the same pieces as in orthodox Chess.


During a turn, players alternate turns moving pieces forward, including capturing. A piece must end its turn on a space that is closer to the last row then when it started (Last row being where their pawn promotes). Normally this would consist of a move straight forward, or diagonally forward. In the case of the knight piece, it is as done normally, except that it loses 4 of its moves (those that would move it further away from the last row). Pieces may, however, also CAPTURE laterally or backwards. Capturing is a way to buy more time in the game for your side. The King is permitted to castle.

In Dipole Chess, player wins if they capture their opponent's King (as oppose to checkmating). They also win if their opponent is stalemated (unable to move any pieces).

Dipole Chess has several variant rules (any or all may be used):

  1. Another win condition: Player wins the game if they get their king across the board to one of their spaces their pawn promotes.
  2. Castling is not permitted.
  3. Rooks may make a non-capture move one space forward diagonally.


Dipole Chess, based off Mark Steere's Dipole, was created in 2008 by Richard Hutnik.

A Zillions adaptation that contains Dipole Chess is here:;id=1617

An entry for the game on Boardgame Geek is here:

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By Rich Hutnik.

Last revised by Greg Strong.

Web page created: 2008-08-12. Web page last updated: 2022-12-03