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Game Courier Logs. View the logs of games played on Game Courier.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Game Courier. PHP script for playing Chess variants online.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Vitya Makov wrote on 2020-04-29 UTC

I want to make castling in this game: but cannot do this because of preset. can someone help me?

Game Courier Logs. View the logs of games played on Game Courier.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Vitya Makov wrote on 2018-06-04 UTC

What happened with this game?:

Game Courier Tournament 2017. Chess Variant Tournament played on Game Courier in 2017.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Vitya Makov wrote on 2018-04-09 UTCExcellent ★★★★★

Thanks everyone! It was very interesting. The games which was most interesting to me are Chinese Chess (wonderful endgame), Eurasian Chess, Courier Chess and Wildebeest Chess. Special thanks to my opponents in it.

Vitya Makov wrote on 2017-06-22 UTC


Vitya Makov wrote on 2017-05-26 UTC

Ok. Lets try)

Chess with a small modification:Berolina Chess,Fischer Random Chess,Switching Chess,Extinction Chess,Marseillais Chess.

Regional variant:Jangii (Korean Chess), Xiangqi (Chinese Chess),Makruk (Thai Chess),Shogi (Japanese Chess)

Capablanca variant:Embassy Chess,Janus Chess,Capablanca Chess,Victorian Chess,Grotesque Chess.

Decimal variant:Eurasian Chess,Unicorn Great Chess,Grand Chess,Omega Chess,Opulent Chess.

Alternate geometry:Circular Chess,McCooey's Hexagonal Chess,Glinski's Hexagonal Chess,Diamond Chess,Cylindrical Chess.

Historical game:Courier Chess,Shatranj,Los Alamos Chess,Grande Acedrex,Chu Shogi

Recognized variant grab-bag:Chess with Different Armies,Wildebeest Chess,Pocket Mutation Chess,Alice Chess,Ultima



Vitya Makov wrote on 2017-05-26 UTC

Hi! I would like to participate. My favourite is: Berolina, Korean (or Chinese), Embassy, Eurasian, Circular, Courier, CWDA.

Royal Rumble. A 6 board all-out melee with random pieces, royals and starting positions.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Vitya Makov wrote on 2017-04-27 UTCExcellent ★★★★★

Excellent idea! There is also one kind of royal pieces. I'm talking about Pielgrym from Monkey King Chess. It moves like king, but cannot capture. I think it has the power of royal wazir ))) truly, it has no power because cannot capture), but has much more mobility than wazir. When I made Maorider King, I was inspired by this piece.

Little River Chess. A 46 square variant based loosely on Chinese Chess. (6x9, Cells: 46) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Vitya Makov wrote on 2013-11-16 UTCGood ★★★★
There must be many diagrams. Without it I understand nothing.))

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Vitya Makov wrote on 2010-08-08 UTC
Pilgrim - king that cannot capture pieces (from Monkey King chess).
Rook, Knight, Monkey (ferz) moves as in Shatranj.
Picket moves as a modern bishop, except that it always must move at least
two squares. So it's a bishop minus ferz. Can be blocked at ferz-distance
(cannot leap). (from Tamerlane chess).

Promotion rules mainly from Chaturanga with changes. 
Pawns can promote when they arrive at the last rank of the board, but only
to the type of piece that was on the promotion-square in the opening setup,
e.g., a white pawn that moves to b8 can only promote to a knight. Doesn't
matter the player already lost a piece of this type or not.

King pawn may promote only in same case... if pawn stands on e7(e2) and
Pilgrim is mated. In this case player places pawn on e8(e1) and pawn
promotes to new Pilgrim.

Other rules as in Shatranj exept stalemate is a draw.

Ancient world war. Missing description (8x8, Cells: 64) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Vitya Makov wrote on 2010-07-24 UTC
I'm not sure that game is so unbalanced.
But I made another preset which looks the best. It is really full Shogi army with two Golds.

Two Golds are same as two knights.
Two lances are same as two elephants.
Two honorable horses are same as one ferz.
Two Silvers are same as one rook.

So Percian army have advantage - one rook. Also shatranjian pawns are stronger, in my opinion. But Shogi army have big advantage in large promotion zone, and promotes to piece which is stronger than ferz.

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Vitya Makov wrote on 2010-06-12 UTC
Fergus, I will go from this site... So please freeze time in my tournament

Circular Chess. Chess on a round board. (Cells: 64) (Recognized!)[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Vitya Makov wrote on 2010-04-11 UTC
Circular Chess with Boyscounts:

Eurasian Chess. Synthesis of European and Asian forms of Chess. (10x10, Cells: 100) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Vitya Makov wrote on 2010-03-11 UTC
Cannot find any information about 'Boat' or Bulgarian Chess.

Chess Variant Construction Set. Putting together a set of materials for playing several different Chess variants.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Vitya Makov wrote on 2010-03-11 UTC
Lol! I don't like to play a game of 10x10 board on a board of 12x12. It's not aesthetic.

Game Courier Tournament #4: An Introductory Semi-Potluck. A tournament to feature games good for introducing people to Chess variants.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Vitya Makov wrote on 2010-02-20 UTC
Fergus, I changed Circular Chess board JPG Quality from 50 to 100 and it looks pretty nice now. 
Can you change it as default? I cannot do this in the game I'm playing.

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Vitya Makov wrote on 2010-02-14 UTC
Looks like (if I'm right) we have two winners of Swiss Hippo #1: Scott McGreal and me. I've won last game vs Scott by time. But I see clear path for victory by me in final position. Gongrats, Scott!

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Vitya Makov wrote on 2010-02-11 UTC

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Vitya Makov wrote on 2010-02-08 UTC
Bungalow Shatranj Tactics. Standart ways to promote your pawn to

Please look at:

Monkey King Chess. Monkey King fights Goblin King on 44 squares board in game with oriental influences. (5x8, Cells: 44) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Vitya Makov wrote on 2010-01-30 UTC
'you may flip the disk and simultaneously move it according to that new game piece's abilities'

>Does it mean that I can flip and make a move with flipped piece in one move? 

Yes. If that side has its Pilgrim or Goblin King on board, his/her flippable pieces on the magic river can flip identity and move as the flipped piece, or not flip and move as the original piece--they have the potentially as either.

'On the other hand, when a piece stands on a magic river square, it attains the powers of both sides of its disk, making it a doubly powerful piece with (in a way) two simultaneous but separate identities. This can lead to opportunistic flipping, perhaps the happiest moments in the game. If your Pilgrim or Goblin King isn’t on the board, you deny your forces this power.'

Vitya Makov wrote on 2010-01-30 UTC
'When you flip and move a piece off a Magic River square, does it stay flipped? Or does it turn back to the original side?'

Stays flipped. (The inventor)

Byzantine Chess Theory. Towards the theory of Byzantine Chess.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Vitya Makov wrote on 2010-01-20 UTCGood ★★★★
Good work. I cannot agree that Elephant in worth more than 1 pawn on Circular board. Bishop isn't so strong on square board or on circular board. Also a square where piece stands differs from squares attacked by this piece. I cannot say that square where the piece stands is fully controlled by this piece. My opinion on exchanges: 2N + Ferz ~ Rook F<2P

Catapults of Troy. Large variant with a river, catapults, archers, and trojan horses! (8x11, Cells: 88) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Vitya Makov wrote on 2010-01-20 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
Few clarifications from Gary:

1) Troy Horse can leave an Archer on a bridge square.
2) Ram can shoot from Catapult. After this Ram must be removed from the board, Catapult must remain on the board.

Very interesting game of Catapults:

Monkey King Chess. Monkey King fights Goblin King on 44 squares board in game with oriental influences. (5x8, Cells: 44) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Vitya Makov wrote on 2010-01-16 UTC
Another clarification.

Monkey King cannot capture piece using Monkey Fist if for the first move it moves Cloud off.
So, such move: M Q-101 - b5 (Cloud off) and from b5 capture a piece on c6 (using Fist for this move) - (b5:c6) is incorrect!

Because, 'No piece may make a capture when they fly to or from a cloud'.

Shogi. Missing description (9x9, Cells: 81) (Recognized!)[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Vitya Makov wrote on 2010-01-13 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
My favourite shogi piece is Lance.

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