The Home Of Chess And Chess Variants
Welcome to EvoChess. Not only a reference for chess variants, but also a platform for online chess play for the chess and chess variant community.
Play Fischer Random Chess (Chess960), Seirawan chess (S-Chess), Atomic Chess, Crazyhouse Chess and many more.
No sign up required, just enter a name and play!
And chess variants
What is EvoChess?
Play realtime online chess with chat. Select clocks to suit your preference, or default to Bullet, Blitz, Rapid or Classical time controls.
If you are unable to complete game in one session, play at your own pace by playing a correspondence style game. Receive optional move notifications by email.
New ways to play chess
Discover and learn new ways to play chess! Some variants require a standard board and pieces, others introduce new pieces and board sizes. All game rules are explained and enforced, from the simple to most complex chess variants.
Compete with a global community of chess players! Each player has their own rating
Standard Chess too
If you would rather just play chess using the standard orthodox chess rules you know already, you can do that too! Variants are fun, you can focus on the standard game if you prefer.
Discover new ways to play chess!
Just some of the supported chess variants.
All chess variants you can play
The growing number of variants you can learn and play right now.
Orthodox chess played with standard castling and en-passant rules.
Named after Alice in Lewis Carroll's work Through the Looking-Glass. Chess on two boards with pieces moved between the boards.
Alice Chess 2
A variation of Alice Chess - Black starts on the second board and no longer faces White.
Capturing a piece results in an explosion which will destroy surrounding pieces.
Created by José Raúl Capablanca, and played on a 10x8 board with the addition of the chancellor and archbishop.
A shuffled back rank to counter strong opening knowledge. Aka Fischer Random Chess.
Similar to Bughouse chess, but for two players. Captured pieces are dropped back on to the board.
The board can be imagined as a cylinder with no horizontal edges on either side.
A variant of racing kings, with a reduced number of pieces and no queen.
Played on a double width board, 12x16, with a duplicate set of pieces.
Played on a 10x10 board with two new pieces - the General and the Adjutant.
Remove all of your opponent's pieces of the same species to win.
King of the Hill
Move your king to the center of the board - the hill - to win.
Play the first chess-like game played on a computer! A reduced size board and piece set.
Maharajah and the Sepoys
Maharajah and the Sepoys is a asymmetrical variant with a full black army against a single Maharajah
After an initial move from the back rank, a Hawk or Elephant piece can be placed into the vacated square.
Back rank is randomly determined, but on the first turn, a player can exchange two pieces.
Played on a 12x7 board with both armies starting at the bottom of the board.