How to play
Bear Chess

A Russian 10x10 variant featuring an additional leaping piece - the Bear!

Introduction

Bear Chess was created in the 80s and went on to be popular in Central Russia during this period. The game features an additional piece, the Bear, from which the variant takes its name.

Starting Position

The Bear Chess starting position with 2 Bears flanking the King and Queen.
Board is interactive - make a move

Moves of the Pieces

Pawns can advance up to three squares on their first movement.

Bear
Bear

Moves as a Knight, plus as a Bishop or Rook for 2 squares only.

The Bear's legal moves are demonstrated on this practice board.
Board is interactive - make a move

Pawn Promotion

Pawns can also promote to a Bear.

Pawns promote as normal but also can promote to the Bear.
Board is interactive - make a move

Castling

The King moves 3 squares for queenside castling, and 2 squares for kingside.

Castling queenside and kingside in Bear Chess
Board is interactive - make a move

En Passant

In Bear Chess a pawn can advance up to three squares on first movement, so En Passant captures can take place on any passed square.

En Passant captures are valid on both squares during a move 3 square advance.
Board is interactive - make a move

Check and Checkmate

Check and Checkmate rules remain the same as Standard Chess.

Stalemate

Stalemate conditions remain the same as Standard Chess.

Draw

Draw conditions remain the same as Standard Chess.

Winning

Winning conditions remain the same as Standard Chess.

Attribution