Chess Variants – BugHouse CrazyHouse “Chess Video #15” – Crazy House Bug House

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This is our FIFTEENTH of many live bughouse videos we’ll be releasing. Bughouse is controversial amongst the chess community but like all things, a little bit of moderation is key, and I don’t think it hurts your chess game. More importantly I think it gets kids into chess, teaches you about positional play and teamwork as well. I’m releasing these videos for fun and hope you all enjoy them. My friend Kazim Gulamali is one of the best bughouse players in the world so I hope you enjoy.

Dual Commentary by NM Will Stewart, FM Kazim Gulamali

What is bughouse chess? I wrote a great article about it here:


Bughouse chess is a chess variant where 2 people play against 2 opponents. The 2 teammates play opposite color pieces. When one of the players captures a piece it is handed over to his teammate who can place the piece anywhere on the board (the only exception is pawn’s can’t be placed on the 8th rank). A player can immediately place these captured pieces or hold onto them for later use. Placing a piece counts as your move.

The game is usually played with quick time-controls and if either 2 of a team’s members runs out of time it counts as a loss for both.

Other terminology: “Sitting” refers to when one teammate who has more time on the clock (but usually a worser position) intentionally “sits” without making a move so his teammate has time to checkmate the other opponent



  1. check out free internet chess server (FICS)

  2. Loved the last one: "Knight mates." As simple as that 🙂

  3. please make more of these. Very entertaining.

  4. @ANSIcode OK I'll put one out today 🙂 In the mean time you have 14 other videos, totally over 1 hour of bughouse 🙂

  5. I must say that as a bugger that was once on the losing side of the show (caspiwins) this videos are so funny Will always talkes while vab pretty much does everything quitly taking all playing fast and not explaining why hes gonna sac sitbut its nice anyway

  6. Where can I play bughouse on line and what are the rules because I didnt see any pawn drops for check on the king in none of the videos

  7. I been search to play variants online but no luck

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