Doc Pop's One-Dimensional Chess

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Note: I've moved the official download page from Gumroad to To download the newest copy of One-Dimensional Chess, please go to

I'll leave one version of the game here on Gumroad for a few months in case people accidentally find this page.

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What you'll need to play: 

  • Two players
  • Printer
  • 3-4 sheets of paper
  • Scissor
  • Glue

When setting up, the white King should be on the edge of the board with the black square


The object of the game is to checkmate (threaten with inescapable capture) the opponent’s king. Players take turns moving their pieces one at a time. Chess pieces may not move to a square occupied by another chess piece of the same color. However, a player may capture an enemy’s piece by moving onto its square. When that happens, the enemy piece is captured and removed from the board.


Pawns travel forward one square. On its opening move, a pawn may move two squares instead of one, but only if both of those squares are unoccupied.

Knights jump 2 or 3 squares in either direction. They may jump over pieces within 1 or 2 squares

Bishops travel along every other square in either direction. If a Bishop starts on a black square, it only moves through other black squares (ignoring any and all pieces on white squares).

Rooks travel in a straight line in either direction. They may not jump over other pieces.

Queens may choose to move as either a Rook or a Bishop.

Kings move one square. Kings may never move into check. In the above example the King may only move to the left, because the square to the right is being threatened by the white Knight. 

Print/play/remix (just don't sell it):

Doc Pop's One-Dimensional Chess was created by Doctor Popular in 2018. It’s protected by an Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 International license (CC BY-NC 4.0). You may remix it and share it with attribution, but you aren’t authorized to sell it. The chess icons on this page were created by DEMOGRAPH from the Noun Project, please credit them too if any of this art is reused. 

The Future of 1D Chess

Due to Kickstarter's announcement of a "blockchain protocol", I've cancelled plans to release 1D Chess on their platform. I'm evaluating where and how I'll sell physical copies of this game in the future.

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The rules for 1D Chess are currently available in English and French. I'd love to offer other languages as well, if you'd like to help, please let me know. 

I want this!

This PDF includes the rules for 1D Chess, plus some DIY boards you can print on your home printer and play.



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Doc Pop's One-Dimensional Chess

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I want this!