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Please note that chess has not yet been released

Chess is a classic board game of strategy and planning. Torn City will utilize two forms of chess, classic chess, and Chess 960 (also known as Fischer Chess).

Classic Chess

  • Starting positions are always the same.
  • The downside of classic chess is that players can memorize strategies, as well as easily utilize a computer program to help cheat.
  • Without cheating this game is more about memory than skill.

Chess 960

  • Chess 960 is a variant of chess invented by Bobby Fischer, it is named chess 960 because there are nine hundred-sixty possible starting positions. This form of chess generally utilizes more skill (as opposed to memorization which can greatly help in classic chess) than normal chess as there is no way to memorize early or even late game strategy.
  • This variant of chess also makes it very difficult for players to cheat with as they do not know the starting position of pieces beforehand to input into a program that could help them.
  • Torn features a unique rule forcing players to make their first move in a short amount of time to make it extra difficult to cheat.
  • This form of chess has a randomized start location for all pieces in the second row (behind the pawns), and a unique castling rule.


  • White always goes first.
  • Players will each start with one color (black or white).
  • You cannot move your king into check. (See Piece movement King for special rules)

Unique Chess 960 only Rules

  • Castling in Chess 960
    • Castling may only occur under the following conditions. The first two are identical to the standard chess castling rules. The third is an extension of the standard chess rule, which requires only that the squares between the king and castling rook must be vacant.
      • 1. Unmoved: The king and the castling rook must not have moved before in the game, including castling.
      • 2. Unattacked: No square between the king's initial and final squares (including the initial and final squares) may be under attack by any opposing piece.
      • 3. Unimpeded: All the squares between the king's initial and final squares (including the final square), and all of the squares between the rook's initial and final squares (including the final square), must be vacant except for the king and castling rook. An equivalent way of stating this is that the smallest back rank interval containing the king, the castling rook, and their destination squares contains no pieces other than the king and castling rook.
      • After castling, the rook and king's final positions are exactly the same as they would be in standard chess.

Special Moves

  • En passant
    • En passant is a special capture made immediately after a player moves a pawn two squares forward from its starting position, this must be done the turn after they move it. In order to utilize this move you must have a pawn 2 squares out, and to the side of them. When they do this you move your pawn behind them, where they could have moved (1 spot forward) thus flanking them from behind and taking their pawn.
      • This is the only move in chess in which you can capture an opposing piece without landing on the square of the opposing piece (checkmating a king excluded).
  • Castling
    • Castling is a special move in the game of chess involving the king and either of the original rooks of the same color. It is the only move in chess in which a player moves two pieces at the same time. Castling consists of moving the king two squares towards a rook on the player's first rank, then moving the rook onto the square over which the king crossed. Castling can only be done if the king has never moved, the rook involved has never moved, the king is not in check, and the king does not cross over or end on a square in which it would be in check.
  • Promotion
    • In chess you have the ability to promote a pawn into a queen, knight, rook, or bishop by getting it to the other end of the board.
      • Promoting a pawn into a Queen is known as Queening
      • Promoting a pawn into anything else is known as underpromotion
        • Underpromotion can be effective in the case of a knight, as it can move in ways the queen cannot. Underpromoting to a knight or rook has no benefits over the queen.

Piece Movement

Coming Soon (chart templates needed)

Pawn Movement

Charts/descriptions coming soon

Rook Movement

Charts/descriptions coming soon

Bishop Movement

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Knight Movement

Charts/descriptions coming soon

Queen Movement

Charts/descriptions coming soon

King Movement

Charts/descriptions coming soon

  • special rules regarding the king

En passant example

Charts/descriptions coming soon

Castling example

Charts/descriptions coming soon


  • Release date coming soon