The next step in the evolution of chess tuned for more viable options, strategic interest, and years and years of expert play.
User reviews: Mixed (29 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 19, 2014
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September 21

[Update] Challenge your friends

You can now challenge anybody to an unranked game in correspondence mode. It looks like this - There is a limit of one game vs any particular person at a given time, so players you are already playing will have a grey color and won't be selectable.

There is also a resolution select dialog where you can specify a resolution at launch, or play in windowed mode.

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About This Game

Chess 2: The Sequel is the next step in the evolution of chess tuned for more viable options, strategic interest, and years and years of expert play.

There are six armies to choose from, each with their own abilities and unique flavor:
  • Classic: The original army from classic chess and the only army with a queen.
  • Two Kings: Two warrior kings with a powerful attack and extra move.
  • Empowered: Bishops, knights, and rooks gain each other's movement powers when adjacent.
  • Animals: A wild mix of atypical attacks that are difficult to defend against.
  • Nemesis: Focused attack on the enemy king for those who prefer checkmates.
  • Reaper: Haunted army with teleportation and immortality.

The 21 matchups and 36 opening books reward strategy and positional play from the very first move, not rote memorization.

If you cross the midline of the board with your king (midline invasion), you win. This makes for faster, more dynamic, and more aggressive games while eliminating the draw problem that plagues high-level chess.


  • Online multiplayer with competitive ranked matchmaking
  • Designed and balanced by master game designer David Sirlin
  • Six armies to choose from, midline invasion, and dueling
  • A pleasant, cohesive experience fit for the "Game of Kings"
  • Beautiful and unique 2D and 3D piece sets for every army
  • Play asynchronously in Correspondence mode with 11 days per move for Chess 2 on the go.
  • Live matches have 25 minutes Fischer time with 15 second increment.
  • Cross platform play with OUYA.

What people have been saying about Chess 2: The Sequel

"Chess 2 is more like Chess than Chess. That’s a good sequel.", "it’s actually pretty damn good" - Kotaku

"Precision-honed but gleefully inventive." - Eurogamer

"Open up a whole new realm of chess" - BigSushi

"Honestly, I don’t think I’ll ever play chess again- and it used to be something I quite enjoyed. But now I can’t see any context in which I wouldn’t just rather play Chess 2." - Scanline Media

"The visual design is gorgeous and shows a loving attention to detail" - Indie Statik

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP, 7, 8
    • Processor: 1 Gigahertz
    • Memory: 300 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 9 or better
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 350 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
72 of 86 people (84%) found this review helpful
76.3 hrs on record
Chess 2 was clearly developed with the intent of making Chess new and fresh again, and it succeeds completely at this prospect. One of the most intimidating aspects of Chess 1: The Original is just the wealth of pre-established metagame that's been developed over the many long years it's been around. With six (count em, SIX!) unique factions instead of just one, all the old material is completely thrown out the window and you have to learn Chess all over again, and that, I feel, is wonderful. No longer is it about memorizing countless openings or having a wealth of unfathomable experience. Instead, you play it like you would play a modern strategy game - thoughtfully pondering your own decisions and creatively coming up with your own solutions. The midline rule also keeps the action tense throughout and prevents the more boring, drawn-out endgames of Chess 1; it feels like the way Chess was always meant to be played.

If you have ever been intimidated about picking up Chess before, now's the time to join Chess 2. The sooner the better - joining in while the game is young will be an exciting opportunity to see it evolve, and to help shape the metagame and history of the game yourself!
Posted: August 4
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33 of 39 people (85%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
If you do like chess and agree to pay 25 bucks just for an upgraded chess game buy it. But only for the game... Chess 2 does not have a UI that reflects the price. Moreover it's lack of in-game chat between players, the missing rating and post-game stats and the slow-pace (The graphics seem sloppy, it makes me think twice if I'm clicking the right spot) don't help...

They new rules are indeed genius but it needs much more to get to its actual price. The game just feels incomplete. I really hope they put work on it but in the state it actually is... I do not recommend the game.
Posted: August 21
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33 of 43 people (77%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
This is "Chess" on steroids. It could use an options menu (I was unable to find one) so that I could adjust basics like screen resolution and audio volumes. I would have also liked the ability to choose a side and a difficulty when playing against the AI. Complaints aside, the new armies and the midline invasion rule really gives players a new way to play. A little pricey for the content it offers, in my opinion, but still fun nonetheless.
Posted: August 19
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25 of 30 people (83%) found this review helpful
23.3 hrs on record
To Chess Players:

If you're more of a tactics player (short term captures and plans), you'll enjoy this game. Chess 2 (C2) is a much more fast-paced and unpredictable game than traditional Chess. C2 has 6 armies to choose from (there is the classic Chess army, but also new armies with unique units & movesets), and you can face any of them from your opponent, so games will have very diverse matchups each time. There are also 2 ways to win: Getting your king past midline and checkmate. This ensures games are faster and have less draws. But with the midline invasion rule, it is very "race-to-win"; there are less quiet moves, less subtle improving moves to a better position, less strategic play. Rather, its more just a string of tactical plays IMO.

Knowledge of Chess can help you in C2, but it will only help you so far. You can throw most chess rule-of-thumbs out the window, as there are new pieces with new rules. Controlling the center is good, but controlling the sides is also important as the king usually tries to flank to one side to invade midline instead of going into the center where he'll be mated. Castling early and often is actually a bad move. Fianchetto is waste of tempo, as bishops are on a better diagonal from their starting position. Knights are usually better in C2 because its usually semi-closed or closed positions. And because of that, rooks are usually worse pieces because the position is closed, but also because you castle less often providing less exits for your king rook. However, pawn majority in center is still important (if not even more important), and also the knight on the rim is still grim :-)

If you liked Chess because of same teams and starting off on even foot, you might dislike the 6 different teams. They are balanced, but are balanced in a bubble (as in they are balanced with respect to Classic Chess army, but some have advantage/disadvantage versus each other). It's a case of Perfect Imbalance (Two Kings army>Reaper>Nemesis>Two Kings). So you might dislike the fact that your army performs better/worse versus the enemy team, but it is is only slight advantage. But this provides opportunity for each game and opening to be very unique. Another factor in the game is the duel system (betting system). Whenever a piece is captured, you can bet against your opponent for the fate of the unit doing the capturing (that unit will also be removed if you lose the bet). This duel system was implemented for mind games, but it is only wild guessing IMO. It is like rock paper scissors, the player that picks his weapon by thinking 7 moves ahead is just as good as the player thinking only 4 moves ahead or 1 move ahead. Although there are limits to the betting system (you only gain betting stones by destroying an enemy pawn), and it is more complicated than I give it credit for, it is still for the most part an arbitrary system.

Overall, I would recommend C2 to chess players, because of its familiarity to Chess but also because it brings new life and something refreshing to it. The less you think of it as chess + new elements, but rather just a new board game with chess elements, the more you will enjoy the game for what it really is :) GL HF.
Posted: August 21
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15 of 22 people (68%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
I came into this as someone who was initially interested in playing traditional chess, but didn't find it to be very fun due to the emphasis on memorization. I think it's more fun to think more "on your toes" instead of having to invest time up-front to memorize chess openings in order to enjoy the intricacies of higher-level play (just like how some people don't like having to memorize long combos in fighting games in order to really enjoy the game at even a novice level). Chess 2 really nails this issue, as well as fixing other issues that make it much more fun to play.

It's not really feasible to have an "opening theory" due to the many different possible matchups, so you actually have to think about the strength of different moves right from the start.

The midline invasion rule really helps to keep the games from dragging on and making it easier to win without having to figure out how to checkmate or end up with a stalemate.

The "dueling" mechanic adds a fun challenge of trying to predict what your opponent will do.

Overall, the experience of playing and learning this game has been quite enjoyable, and this implementation gives you a nice way to find opponents to play against that are around your level (using an ELO system), so you don't have to worry about being thrown into match after match with people who are much more experienced than you.
Posted: August 11
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