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What is it and how to play online

Bughouse chess is also known as Exchange chess, Siamese chess, Tandem chess, Transfer chess, Double bughouse, Cross chess, Swap chess or simply bughouse or bug.

Bughouse is a popular chess variant played on two chessboards by four players in teams of two. It is played using two chess sets.

Normal chess rules apply, except that captured pieces on one board are passed on to the teammate on the other board, who then has the option of putting these pieces on his or her board.

The game is usually played at a fast time control; this, together with the passing and dropping of pieces, can make the game look chaotic and random to the casual onlooker; hence the name bughouse, which is slang for mental hospital. The game is traditionally played as a diversion from regular chess both over the board and online. 

Each player on the team plays a different colour than their partner.  It begans as normal blitz chess, but every piece a player captures, he/she can pass it to his/her partner, who will be allowed to drop the piece any unoccupied space on the board (with the exceptions of pawns, which can only be dropped within the middle six rows), creating new twists to the game. The goal is to checkmate either of your opponents, gaining the win for your team. But when this game is played on clock, a player has the choice to stall until a piece is gained to counter the mate.


How to play online in the MSA Sports Room?

Go to the sports room and under the Chess tab click 'Bughouse'

A list of online players will appear, choose a max of 3 friends to play with by checking the box next to their username and then click 'Create Challenge'

A pop will appear to set the challenge up

Choose the player's clock time and buy in.

Choose who you wish to partner with, this will be your team mate

Choose who will be your opponent and who will play opposite your team mate.

Once set 'Create Challenge' button will appear - press to alert your friends and start the game.


The first person to Checkmate will win the game for their team.


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