Two Move Chess Rules

Two-move chess is a chess variant where each player gets two moves on every turn. It is a much faster, wild chess game. Frantic king attacks are the usual mode of play.

The typical rules and considerations are:

  • White gets only 1 move on the very first move of the game. After that, both players get 2 moves each turn. (If White gets 2 moves to start, the advantage of being White is quite large, but that version of the rules is also playable.)
  • King captures not allowed. If your first move is a check, you don’t get a second move. (Usually you would make a preparatory move with another piece, and then do the check move as the second move.)
  • Normal moves. Most of the normal chess rules apply. You can move two different pieces or move the same piece twice. Castling, pawn promotion, and en passant are allowed. Checkmate and stalemate rules apply.
  • Optional Rule: Players get only 1 move if they are checked, rather than 2 moves. This is an optional rule that makes attacks even more dangerous.

There is also another multiple-move chess variant called “progressive chess”, where White has 1 move, then Black gets 2 moves, then White gets 3 moves, and so on.

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