A chess variant is a game derived from, inspired by, or similar to chess. The difference from chess can be one or more of the following:
1. Different Board 2. Fairy Pieces implemented 3. Different goal 4. Four-players games
Different board chess variants Edit
In a Chess Variant the board may be larger or smaller, non-square board shape overall or different spaces used within the board such as triangles or hexagons instead of squares.
Fairy pieces implemented Edit
A fairy chess piece (often in shortened form fairy piece) or unorthodox chess piece (or in shortened form unorthodox piece) is a chess piece not used in conventional chess, but used in certain chess variants and some chess problems. These pieces vary in movement abilities and possible additional properties.
Different goal Edit
Some chess variants have a different goal. An example is Breakthrough (shown at right). It is played with only pawns and the winner is the first player which promotes one of them.
Four-player games Edit
Some chess variant are played by four players at the same time. An example is Bughouse, which involves two teams of two players each.