How to play
Transcendental Chess

Back rank is randomly determined, but on the first turn, a player can exchange two pieces.

Introduction

Transcendental Chess is a shuffle variant, such as Chess960, but balances out any inequalities not by limiting the starting positions after an initial randomization, but by allowing two home-rank pieces to be transposed.

How to play Transcendental Chess Chess

Starting Position

The home-rank is shuffled for both sets of pieces, the only condition being that the Bishops must start on different color squares.

One of 8,294,400 possible setups after a the initial randomised shuffle.
Board is interactive - make a move

Moves of the Pieces

The moves of the pieces remains the same as Standard Chess, but on the first move only, a player can choose to transpose (swap position of) any two pieces on the home-rank.

Pawn Promotion

Pawn promotion rules remains the same as Standard Chess.

Castling

Castling is not pemitted in Transcendental Chess.

En Passant

En passant rules remains the same as Standard Chess.

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.