Blank Chess is a chess game variant invented by Baby Natura

BlankCHESS can be played with NORMAL CHESS SET.
BlankChess improves tactical power to play normal chess. Playing each move is more than solving a chess puzzle.

Blank Chess Virtual Fields (Kingdoms)


This chess game variant follows all normal rules of regular chess, but the opening of the game does play a major role. As the name states “blank chess”, the game starts without pieces on chess board. And the board divides horizontally into two equal fields (Kingdoms); virtually those are white's field and black's field. Each player should introduce their pieces randomly anywhere in their own field starting with King, one by one, also can move or capture on their turn with already introduced pieces wherever possible on the entire board. Remaining rules are same as the regular chess and no special moves except pawn promotion.



I immediately liked this idea since it's much better than all those chess variants that have crazy new chess pieces, and can be played with a normal chess set. Also, it starts with fewer pieces, introducing them one by one, which is a nicer idea, and avoids the panic many kids have facing unknown openings.

Best wishes to Natura, her family, and to blankchess!

Alexandra Kosteniuk
12th Women's World Chess Champion | |


In this game, are they allowed only to place on half of the board?

Introducing pieces are strictly restricted to their own field. But they can move or capture on their turn with already introduced pieces, wherever possible on any field.

What about dark and light square bishops? Can we introduce two bishops in same color squares?

This game can be played in two ways. Introducing bishops without any restrictions will increase the complexity of the game.


Natura Bethi
Child Prodigy - Chess Prodigy - Inventor of BlankCHESS

Natura became World's Youngest International FIDE Rated Chess Player in July, 2011 FRL. She achieved this without any professional chess background.