Chess Variants

Game or Chess Variant?

What features must a game have in order to qualify as a Chess Variant?

From the discussion in the comments it seems the following might be the answer.

The single defining quality of "Chess" is that

the winning condition is predicated on one (the royal) of two (royal and non-royal) classes of pieces

If a game exhibits this quality it is a Chess Variant, if it doesn't it isn't.

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