Beer chess is played with beer, a lot of beer. One side uses Light
Beer (white), the other side uses regular (black) of the same brands. (see
list below) Our research and development team has concluded that one can
expect a standard Beer Chess game to last up to five hours, assuming neither
player passes out. Intermissions, however, may be declared on a bilateral
As you may have realized, this game requires a big board. While beer
chess boards are now commonplace in Jackman, in other places their availability
is still limited. Again, our R+D team has arrived at a clever solution:
bathroom tiles-large white bathroom tiles. Placed on a darker table at regular
intervals, one can quickly construct a professional looking Beer Chess set. For
and even cheaper board, cardboard coasters, available at most bars, serve as
impromptu, portable boards.
8 pawns: Bud Lights (8oz can) Budweiser (8oz cans)
2 Rooks: Miller Light (12oz can) Miller Genuine Draft (12 oz Can)
2 Knights: Busch Light (12 oz Can) Busch (12 oz Cans)
2 Bishops: Coors Light (12 oz Can) Coors (12 oz Cans)
Queen: Michelob Light (Bottle) Michelob (Bottle)
King: Bud Light (Bottle) Budweiser (Bottle)
1. When one moves a piece, one must sip from the piece moved.
2. When one’s piece is captured, one must drink the entire piece.
3. Castling requires two sips: one from the King, one from the Rook
4. En passent requires only one sip (as in a standard pawn move)
5. When one’s pawn reaches the eighth rank, and is exchanged for a queen
(or other piece), one’s opponent must drink the remainder of the pawn.
6. Once a piece is sipped, that piece must be moved. (taking back moves
is not allowed)
7. One may take as long as one wants to drink a captured piece, but the
piece must be quickly consumed when a second piece is captured.
8. After each exchange of pieces, the players must toast each other’s
health with the exchanged pieces.
9. When one is put in check, one must sip from the King.
10. Passing out constitutes a resignation.
11. A player may not go the the bathroom before his move.
12. When one is checkmated, one must drink:
1) The remainder of one’s King
2) The remainder of opponent’s King
3) The remainder of one’s pieces.
(That’s a lotta beer)
1. Take big sips out of pieces you expect to trade, when moving those
pieces. This technique evenly distributes the amount of beer you will consume,
and decreases the amount you will have to drink from that piece when it is
traded or captured.
2. If you are a light drinker, avoid exchanges (especially if you are
down a piece)
3. Avoid sacrificing pieces for position. A sacrifice will only force
you to drink more. Remember, in this game, you can be beating your
opponent, not only by the fact that you have a greater number of pieces left on
the board, but also by the fact that you have a greater number of surviving
brain cells left.