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The Chess Variant Pages

Quick Chess

This game was invented by Joe Miccio in 1991. It is published by Amerigames International, endorsed by Chess Life, and popular on schools in the United States as a game for learning purposes. Sets for this game should be easily available in the United States, and possibly other countries.

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The game is played on a board of 5 by 6 squares.

Two different opening setups can be found. In the Encyclopedia of Chess Variants, one finds the following opening setup:

King b1; Queen c1; Rook e1; Bishop d1; Knight a1; Pawn a2, b2, c2, d2, e2.

King b6; Queen c6; Rook e6; Bishop d6; Knight a6; Pawn a5, b5, c5, d5, e5.

From the Quickchess site, one can see the following setup:

King c1; Queen d1; Rook a1; Bishop b1; Knight e1; Pawn a2, b2, c2, d2, e2.

King c6; Queen d6; Rook a6; Bishop b6; Knight e6; Pawn a5, b5, c5, d5, e5.

Possibly, the setup has been changed between versions of the game, as the first setup was used in an early version.

The following rules are additionally used.

  1. Pawns can only advance one space on their first move. There is no en passant capturing.
  2. A pawn can only promote to a captured piece.
  3. There is no castling.
  4. If 20 moves are played without a capture or promotion, the player with the most `points' on the board wins. (Pawn=1 pt., Bishop/Knight=3, Rook=5, Queen = 9.)

Text by Richard Sullivan and Hans Bodlaender. Some information based on Pritchard's Encyclopedia of Chess Variants. Thanks to Alex Glockner, for noting the difference in setups, and to Flavio Poletti for noting an error.
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WWW page created: January 9, 1996. Last modified: February 2, 2002.
Mar 2000: D. Howe added link to Richard's Play-By-eMail Server.