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This game is based on the rules developed by Wladyslaw Glinksi in 1936. Glinski's Chess is one of the most popular chess variants with more than a half million players worldwide.

The initial position is shown here.

Glinski's moves closely parallel moves for standard chess once you get used to thinking of diagonal moves as passing between spaces. Here are the moves for each piece:

 

 

Bishops and knights generally give new hexagonal chess players the most trouble. You may wish to try moving these pieces around an otherwise empty board for a few minutes before trying a game. You should notice something interesting about the hexagons each bishop can occupy.
Note that the pawn does not capture diagonally (captures and initial two space moves in the diagrams are represented by open circles).

There is no castling in hexagonal chess.

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