The best Chess variants ♟ 2021

You are looking for a good game that is similar to chess? Then we have just the thing for you: the list of the best chess variants 2021.

What are games similar to chess?

In this list you will find games that are based on or derived from the traditional public domain game Chess. The different chess variants or games similar to chess are for example. Xiangqi (also "Chinese Chess"), Shogi (also "Japanese Chess"), Changgi (Korean chess), Makruk (also "Thai Chess") and all other variants, extensions, spin-offs and chess derivatives.

By the way, in German "chess" is called "Schach".

List with the best chess variants 2021 ♟

This list was last updated on June 22, 2021. We compared 43 board games for this list and selected the top 30. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. Let's Catch the Lion!

    All details for the board game Let's Catch the Lion! and similar games

    Nominated for 2 awards and won 1.

    More details for Let's Catch the Lion!
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime15 Minutes
    • Age4+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  2. Katarenga

    All details for the board game Katarenga and similar games
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  3. Yōkaï no Mori

    All details for the board game Yōkaï no Mori and similar games
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime15 Minutes
    • Age7+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!29€ atAmazon.de
  4. Colour Chess + Lure

    All details for the board game Colour Chess + Lure and similar games
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime20 - 60 Minutes
    • Age9+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  5. No Stress Chess

    All details for the board game No Stress Chess and similar games
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime60 Minutes
    • Age7+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  6. Chess

    All details for the board game Chess and similar games
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime60 Minutes
    • Age6+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard
  7. All The King's Men

    All details for the board game All The King's Men and similar games
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for All The King's Men

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "All The King's Men" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "All The King's Men" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  8. Martian Chess

    All details for the board game Martian Chess and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award and won 1.

    More details for Martian Chess
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  9. Feudal

    All details for the board game Feudal and similar games
    • Players2 - 6 Players
    • Playtime90 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  10. Quick Chess

    All details for the board game Quick Chess and similar games
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime10 Minutes
    • Age5+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  11. Stealth Chess

    All details for the board game Stealth Chess and similar games
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  12. Bosworth

    All details for the board game Bosworth and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  13. Tic Tac Chec

    All details for the board game Tic Tac Chec and similar games
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime10 Minutes
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  14. Shuuro

    All details for the board game Shuuro and similar games
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  15. Xiangqi

    All details for the board game Xiangqi and similar games
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime60 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard
  16. Shogi

    All details for the board game Shogi and similar games
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime60 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard

    Video reviews for Shogi

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Shogi" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Shogi" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
  17. Arimaa

    All details for the board game Arimaa and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award and won 1.

    More details for Arimaa
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime60 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard
  18. Kartenschach

    All details for the board game Kartenschach and similar games
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime60 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  19. Tile Chess

    All details for the board game Tile Chess and similar games
    • Players2 - 6 Players
    • Playtime90 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  20. Changgi

    All details for the board game Changgi and similar games
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime60 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  21. Chess960

    All details for the board game Chess960 and similar games
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime10 - 180 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard
    🔥 Great price!28€ atAmazon.de
  22. LOKA: A Game of Elemental Strategy

    All details for the board game LOKA: A Game of Elemental Strategy and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  23. 4 Player Chess

    All details for the board game 4 Player Chess and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime45 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
    🔥 Great price!30€ atAmazon.de
  24. The Classified Encyclopedia of Chess Variants

    All details for the board game The Classified Encyclopedia of Chess Variants and similar games
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime45 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  25. 3 Man Chess

    All details for the board game 3 Man Chess and similar games
    • Players3 Players
    • Playtime60 Minutes
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  26. Strato Chess

    All details for the board game Strato Chess and similar games
    • Players2 Players
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  27. Hoyle's Games

    All details for the board game Hoyle's Games and similar games
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  28. Mini Shogi

    All details for the board game Mini Shogi and similar games
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime15 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  29. Makruk

    All details for the board game Makruk and similar games
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime60 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard

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