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Pushpawn Chess[Subject Thread] [Add Response]
M Winther wrote on Thu, Nov 26, 2020 03:02 PM UTC:

In Pushpawn Chess a connected pawn on the fourth or fifth rank can push back an enemy pawn that is placed before it, provided that the square behind the enemy pawn is empty. A Pawn that is situated adjacent to a friendly pawn, diagonally or horizontally, counts as “connected”. This is a serious challenger to Fide chess.

The pawn chain emulates a medieval shield wall. As the pawn is blocked by a shield, it cannot capture directly forwards. Instead, it captures diagonally forwards, which was a typical method, also in the roman army. But there is a move missing, namely a push move. In the ancient and medieval battle situation, soldiers tried to push the enemy shield wall back, to create a breach. The new push move emulates this ancient tactics.

Pushpawn Chess (Zillions)

Bataille astrale[Subject Thread] [Add Response]
M Winther wrote on Wed, Sep 5, 2018 08:14 AM UTC:

Bataille astrale (Astral battle) has pieces that can rotate and shield themselves from attack. It's an interesting concept. I made a Zillions program:

Bataille astrale


Ploy ZIP file. Strategic Game of Maneuver and Capture, 3M Company - 1970.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
M Winther wrote on Tue, Aug 28, 2018 06:58 AM UTC:

In Ploy, according to my sources, pieces can only rotate 45 degrees, left or right. This makes sense. So I wrote a new Zillions program according to this rule. I have also tweaked the piece values, because Zillions values them incorrectly. Zillions plays strongly in this variant.

Ploy - a strategy game with convertible pieces

Modern Courier Chess[Subject Thread] [Add Response]
M Winther wrote on Fri, Apr 13, 2018 06:33 AM UTC:

Paul Byway's Modern Courier Chess (with ZRF).

Blockula Chess and Diarchic Chess[Subject Thread] [Add Response]
M Winther wrote on Mon, Nov 6, 2017 01:19 PM UTC:

These two contributions of mine have still not been reviewed by the editorial staff. It's gone a long time.

Blockula Chess[Subject Thread] [Add Response]
M Winther wrote on Tue, Sep 26, 2017 06:06 AM UTC:

"Diarchic Chess" is a more advanced version of Blockula Chess, with two kings each. Witches have the kingdom under a spell...

Diarchic Chess

Game Courier Logs. View the logs of games played on Game Courier.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
M Winther wrote on Wed, Nov 30, 2011 12:00 AM UTC:

Fergus, in the Comment section (here) I see this sentence above the comments: "SELECT * FROM Comment WHERE IsDeleted=0 ORDER BY CommentID DESC LIMIT 25". (I use Chrome in Windows 10.)

Blockula Chess[Subject Thread] [Add Response]
M Winther wrote on Thu, Sep 21, 2017 02:55 PM UTC:

This is a new concept, isn't it? The pieces, except the friendly "Witch", are helpless against the attacking enemy king, which is immune against threats. But when the enemy Witch disappears, the spell is broken. It could put the enemy king in a dire situation.

Blockula Chess

editing index information[Subject Thread] [Add Response]
M Winther wrote on Tue, Mar 28, 2017 05:22 AM UTC:

When editing index information for a 'user submitted page' I cannot change the link to external site. The change is simply ignored when I save. This problem has existed a long time. It means that my variants aren't sufficiently explained. Can somebody fix this problem, please. /Mats

Gustav III's Chess. Invented by King Gustav III of Sweden (1746-92).[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
📝M Winther wrote on Mon, Mar 27, 2017 07:28 AM UTC:

I have now corrected the preset for the chess variant created by King Gustav III of Sweden (1746-92). It is a royal variant that functions very well. 

My presets not functioning[Subject Thread] [Add Response]
M Winther wrote on Sat, Mar 25, 2017 06:44 AM UTC:

Can't somebody explain this? All my work, which is considerable, has been destroyed. Why is this?

ChessVA computer program
. Program for playing numerous Chess variants against your PC.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
M Winther wrote on Sun, Mar 19, 2017 05:27 PM UTC:

Is the Mastodon/Pasha implemented? It is a very suitable piece for big boards. /Mats

My presets not functioning[Subject Thread] [Add Response]
M Winther wrote on Sat, Mar 18, 2017 02:05 PM UTC:

None of my presets work anymore on account of reworking of the compilator. How long is this going to continue and how long has it been so? 

Several of my presets have disappeared, too. 


Brigadier Chess. Introducing the powerful Brigadier piece on a 68-square Gustavian board.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
💡📝M Winther wrote on Mon, Oct 26, 2015 07:16 PM UTC:
It has been tested and it works fine. The Brigadiers are positioned on those initial squares so that they point to strongly defended pawns in the enemy position. Otherwise it wouldn't work very well. The Brigadiers can easily be exchanged, so a single queen becomes dominant. The queen can chase away a Brigadier. So it is a well-functional game, highly aggressive. /Mats

Fischer Random Chess. Play from a random setup. (8x8, Cells: 64) (Recognized!)[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
M Winther wrote on Tue, May 19, 2015 01:56 PM UTC:
Johnny, it appears from your comment that you aren't familiar with chess theory. It revolves around white's first move advantage and how to retain it.  As soon as theorists discovers a method to neutralize white's advantage, that particular opening is virtually dead. This has happened to many openings, such as the King's gambit, which is hardly ever played anymore. Were it to happen to all openings, it would mean the death of chess.

M Winther wrote on Sat, May 16, 2015 06:30 PM UTC:
All changes in nature depend on potential differences. A waterfall creates energy because there is a difference between high and low. In chess, there is a difference in "altitude", too. White has an advantage, which is converted to either a tactical or strategical initiative. This gives rise to fine pieces of art as well as interesting theory, because the potential serves to energize the game. 

It is possible to design a game in which this potential doesn't exist, but then it isn't Western chess anymore. For instance, I think Shogi and Xiangqi are different in this respect. I don't know about Shogi, but Xiangqi does not have the same status as chess. In China it is regarded as kind of vulgar, although it is great fun.

So that's why I wanted, in the relocation variants, to retain white's first move advantage. Otherwise it isn't chess anymore, and it won't become as popular. The positions chosen are all very natural. There are no awkward positions, as in Chess960.

Moreover, compared with Chess960, in some of the variants the array has been expanded, since there are also non-mirrored positions. Non-mirrored starting positions are congenial with real warfare. See my article, "Relocation variants":

M Winther wrote on Fri, May 15, 2015 08:35 AM UTC:
I have suggested other variants where the array is determined
by the players, such as Fischer Placement Chess.

Seirawan Chess. Normal rules, except two extra pieces can be introduced: Hawk and Elephant (with zrf).[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
M Winther wrote on Sat, Jan 10, 2015 05:37 PM UTC:
I never claimed that one can gate more than one piece per time. I don't know what is so unclear with my description of the rules. Just follow the correct rules and play on my preset. It works fine. /Mats

M Winther wrote on Sat, Jan 10, 2015 08:52 AM UTC:
Spengler, whenever a piece moves from its initial square, the player is
free to insert an extraneous piece, if he so wishes. If he moves all pieces
from their initial squares without introducing any of the extraneous
pieces, then he has forfeited his right to introduce them. 

Castling is a double move, when the king moves from its initial square and
the rook moves from its initial square. So it is essentially the same as
all the other moves, except that here the player has a choice. He can place
an extraneous piece on either the corner square or the king square. I see
no problem in the description of the rules.

My Chess Variant page[Subject Thread] [Add Response]
M Winther wrote on Thu, Feb 27, 2014 01:23 PM UTC:
My Chess Variant page has changed address again:

M. Winther

Elk Chess. The double-barrelled Elk moves differently depending on square colour.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
💡📝M Winther wrote on Sat, Feb 8, 2014 05:38 PM UTC:
The Zillions implementation of Elk Chess is on the
following link (I haven't corrected the links yet.)
Elk Chess

My chess variants[Subject Thread] [Add Response]
M Winther wrote on Thu, Dec 5, 2013 02:21 PM UTC:
My chess variant page has been down a long time, so I created a mirror

/M. Winther

Ancient Game Pieces[Subject Thread] [Add Response]
M Winther wrote on Sun, Aug 25, 2013 06:17 AM UTC:
I have implemented Pretwa and other Indian war games on the following link.
These are rather naive games, nothing like chess.

M Winther wrote on Thu, Aug 22, 2013 05:50 AM UTC:
In Aztec civilization, the nobility played Patolli, which was a game of dice, similar to Ludo. According to the followings study, gaming was more important in Bronze Age culture than was earlier thought. Almost every tenth artifact found at Mohenjo-daro is game related, including different forms of dice and playing pieces. "Gaming in Mohenjo-daro - an Archaeology of Unities." Elke Rogersdotter, 12-Jan-2011.

"The main question of this thesis concerns the possibility of illuminating the presence and impact of the irrational element that is play in an ancient societal structure. [...] The study is based on selected game-related finds from the site of Mohenjodaro. Located in Sindh in southern Pakistan, the site constitutes the remains of the largest urban settlement of the Bronze Age Indus Valley realm (ca. 2500-2000 BC). One of the typical features of this realm constitutes a focus on small-sized art. Among other artefacts, numerous small objects of a supposedly game-related purpose have been found in Mohenjo-daro, such as dice and gamesmen. [...]"
Gaming in Mohenjo-daro – an Archaeology of Unities

I wrote an article about historical board games with special reference to mandala shapes, here:
The Boardgame Mandala
/M. Winther

Vietnamese Chess[Subject Thread] [Add Response]
M Winther wrote on Tue, Feb 26, 2013 07:59 AM UTC:
The game earlier discussed in Variant Chess, called Vietnamese Chess, has
now been resolved. But I don't know if it qualifies as a true chess
/M. Winther

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