How To Play

Chessplus is played under standard Chess rules with one small change – players can Combine and Split their pieces. Watch now or keep reading.

The Quick Rules:

Set the Board like Chess. Apply the rules of Chess, plus these new moves, for a faster, more exciting and addictive game:

  • Combine pieces using traditional Chess moves (Except the King).
  • A Combined piece can move as either of it's joined pieces.
  • Combined pieces can Split, simply move either piece away separately.
  • Combined pieces containing a Pawn can Promote. Extra Queens included.
  • If taken or Promoted the Combined piece leaves the board.

Combining is an option. Players can Combine and Split as frequently as they choose.

The combining or splitting of a piece is considered a move ie a move is a move.

Players can combine pieces form the very first move.


Move a Bishop (on the diagonal) onto a Pawn's Square and combine them, this is a move.

The Combined Bishop/Pawn can move as either a Bishop or a Pawn.

Or Split the Combined piece by moving either the Pawn or Bishop away separately.

If the Combined Bishop/Pawn reaches the other side of the board it automatically Promotes to a Queen, with the Combined piece (Bishop & Pawn) leaving the board.

If taken the Combined Bishop/Pawn leaves the board (the Bishop & Pawn).

Possible combinations:

Queen/Bishop, Queen/Knight, Queen/Rook, Queen/Pawn, Queen/Queen.

Bishop/Knight, Bishop/Rook, Bishop/Pawn, Bishop/Bishop.

Knight/Rook, Knight/Pawn, Knight/Knight.

Rook/Pawn, Rook/Rook.


Download The Official Chessplus Rule Book Here

  • "It doesn't get better than this!"

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