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Chess Variant. Taking the two most famous Fairies into Capablanca. (10x10, Cells: 100) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
John Smith wrote on 2010-11-20 UTC
I'd be honored to have this evaluated (for anything really, haha).

Shogi with Cannons. Missing description (9x9, Cells: 81) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
John Smith wrote on 2010-07-01 UTC
A Pawn may not be dropped if it would cause checkmate, even if the Pawn is not the one attacking.

Ender's Chess. Inspired by by the novel, "Ender's Game". (9x11, Cells: 83) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
John Smith wrote on 2010-05-05 UTC
All pieces jump. Sorry to not have that clear in the rules.

Honorable Horse. Moves forward as a Knight.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
John Smith wrote on 2010-05-05 UTC
Perhaps it is just by coincidence that the Rook reappeared. It really is an easy piece to invent, something that slides vertically or horizontally. On the other hand, the L-shaped Knight's move is a bit of an oddity. However, it is possible that someone could have generalized the Keima's move to go in all eight directions.

Dodl-schach. A truly small variant. (6x4, Cells: 24) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
John Smith wrote on 2010-04-24 UTC
Someone may want to buy a small Chess set because of the unique board. Just ignoring or covering squares does not feel quite the same as having a board made specially for the smaller Chess variant.

Combination ChessA game information page
. Large chess variant with combination pieces.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
John Smith wrote on 2010-03-06 UTC
Knights are worth more because the rules let them move twice in one turn.

Beau Monde Chess. Large variant where pieces move with variations of the Queen move. (11x10, Cells: 100) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
John Smith wrote on 2010-02-20 UTC
The description reads:

When capture, it jumps on an obstacle (friendly or hostile piece), then takes the first piece worth behind an obstacle.

The meaning may be uncertain because it is not in perfect English. However, when it says 'first piece worth behind', it does not say squares, but only first piece, so I understand it to be the same as the Tank AKA Leo. It is probable that this is the case because the pieces in this game are not completely radical and if the inspiration for the piece is the Cannon, the regular Tank move seems more logical. It may however be as you say, with inspiration being capture like a Grasshopper. To know exactly what is meant, we must ask Sergey Sirotkin.

Bachelor Nimrod. Small variant with one each of distinctive Nimrod pieces, and of Knight. (6x6, Cells: 36) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
John Smith wrote on 2010-02-18 UTC
Sometimes when I look at Charles Gilman's games, the diagrams are not formatted correctly. When you look at the diagram, Flowerman, is it 6x6 square board and symmetrical?

Revenge of the King. http://xn--perlebr-bxa.de/2010/02/Vergeltung-des-K%C3%B6nigs. (8x8, Cells: 64) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
John Smith wrote on 2010-02-18 UTC
Since the King can move as a Knight, which is the complement to Queen, the King can get revenge by capturing the opponent's Queen when his Queen was captured. Maybe the King can move like Centaur but when the enemy Queen is captured the revenge is over so he becomes a normal King again and can be mated.

Gandhiji. Awesome, tactical and magical game invented to aid world peace. (10x10, Cells: 100) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
John Smith wrote on 2010-02-13 UTC
The loop movement confuses me. So the diagonals loop along the same regular diagonal, not cylindrically/toroidally, right?

Colossus. Large-board chess with standard pieces and double the number of bishops, rooks and knights. (10x10, Cells: 100) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
John Smith wrote on 2010-02-13 UTC
By general variant standards of creativity, this game is not the highest in that area. It is regular chess with an added ring of pieces, though thankfully it is not Chess with an added twenty-plus standard pieces, as I have seen in some games. Conversely, this is a new turn for Charles Daniel who has used some interesting new pieces, but has been somewhat repetitive in game composition as a whole.

Revenge of the King. http://xn--perlebr-bxa.de/2010/02/Vergeltung-des-K%C3%B6nigs. (8x8, Cells: 64) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
John Smith wrote on 2010-02-13 UTCGood ★★★★
I'm not sure how much of a 'revenge' the Mounted King is. The King as Knight is more difficult to maneuver for players used to the regular move. On the other hand, the King is more difficult to checkmate when it is now a Knight, though Chess variantists generally consider the Knight to be slightly weaker than the Commoner which moves like a King. Also, players may not want their King to become a Mounted King if the regular move is more strategically viable for them.

Despite the fact that new variants often do not fulfill their intentions, I think this King transformation is something to be considered for other games and as a fun rule variant on boring old Chess.

The Maharaja and the Sepoys. Powerful lonely king against a full set of pieces. (8x8, Cells: 64) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
John Smith wrote on 2010-02-09 UTC
If it is a handicap then there seems to be no problem with such a game with Queen instead of Maharaja. For your suggestion of Maharaja vs. Horde, there is a similar game: http://www.chessvariants.org/unequal.dir/dunsany.html

Amphora. Chess variant inspired by game of Stone Warriors on wine bottle shaped board with 40 squares. (Cells: 40) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
John Smith wrote on 2010-02-07 UTC
Wikipedia has a page explaining the game of Stone Warriors, also called Awithlaknakwe.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Awithlaknakwe

The rules about not moving backwards, diagonal interception capture, and placing the Guard seem to be derived from Stone Warriors.

The Maharaja and the Sepoys. Powerful lonely king against a full set of pieces. (8x8, Cells: 64) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
John Smith wrote on 2010-02-07 UTC
Flowerman, I'm not entirely certain if a normal Queen can be used instead of Maharaja but I am guessing chances are not as good for her. Hans Bodlaender writes 'A carefully playing black player should be able to win' and since a Queen is weaker than the Queen+Knight Maharaja it is likely that Black has more chance of winning.

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]
John Smith wrote on 2010-01-28 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?

2 Queen Rocky Horror Lycanthropic Chess. Featuring pieces that automatically flip into wyrd and not so strange counterparts. (10x8, Cells: 68) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
John Smith wrote on 2010-01-16 UTC
Can a Wuss move into check and become a Mamra because it moved and was not originally checked?

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John Smith wrote on 2010-01-01 UTC
Indeed, I know exactly what you mean. Not only have I seen old pages
needing updates or corrections, but some contributors have issue with
editing pages that were published by staff, for example Adrian King's
Scirocco.

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]
John Smith wrote on 2010-01-01 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
Excellent page for this game. I like how it goes in depth about the design influences and has notes on play. The hand-painted pieces are a nice touch as well, where the chart is an easy reference during play.

The Fair First Move Rule in Chess. Every turn you flip a coin to see who goes first.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
John Smith wrote on 2009-12-31 UTC
Sure, it is fair theoretically, but how about empirically? Does the game tend towards equality, or are things more skewed by this flipping? My contention is that the game tends toward inequality, because the first few moves, if they give advantage to one player, that advantage will not be reversed because they have the initiative. Even if an equal amount of extra moves are given to the other player, it is worth less because it comes later. To equate the first advantage, it would require more consecutive moves which are less likely to occur. Then again, positions can make moves more useful at certain times which mediates bias. To what extent I am not sure.

2 Queen Rocky Horror Lycanthropic Chess. Featuring pieces that automatically flip into wyrd and not so strange counterparts. (10x8, Cells: 68) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
John Smith wrote on 2009-12-31 UTC
http://play.chessvariants.org/pbm/play.php?game=2+Queen+Rocky+Horror+Lycanthropic+Chess&log=sissa-ultimatecoolster-2009-337-933 Jeremy, there seems to be a problem regarding the cylindrical nature of the board and the corner squares. If one moves a Cylindrical Bishop in the direction of a corner, as it is in one square of the corner, the square loops diagonally to the square one removed from the opposite corner of the same rank, e.g. a7 loops to h8. However, the visually proceeding square is just the corner, e.g. x8. Does this mean it can move to both h8 and x8? Or only h8, or only x8? Or do they become the same square, causing the board to fold into itself and create a wormhole? When I visualize Cylindrical Chess, the left file usually orthogonally corresponds to the right file. However, in Rocky Horror Chess (if that's an acceptable short form), this would imply the adjacency of the corner squares and squareless spaces along the rest of the files.

The Fair First Move Rule in Chess. Every turn you flip a coin to see who goes first.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
John Smith wrote on 2009-12-28 UTC
I am no mathematician, but I am interested in the actual veracity of this claimed 'fair first move'. Despite whatever merit this may have as a good game, or to introduce randomness into Chess, is it really fair?

Judkin's Shogi. Modern small shogi variant preset.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
John Smith wrote on 2009-12-24 UTC
Syntax Error on line 0

@-b2 is not a valid expression, because @-b2 is not a recognized piece, coordinate, command, or subroutine.

For the sake of debugging, here is the full GAME Code program that this error occurred in. The lines have been properly indented to help you spot scope errors.

   0 @-b2
   1 @-c2
   2 @-d2
   3 @-e2
   4 @-f2
   5 @-a5
   6 @-b5
   7 @-c5
   8 @-d5
   9 @-e5
  10 end

Triumvirate Chess. Uses three Knights. The last remaining opposing Knight must be checkmated as the King. (8x8, Cells: 64) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
John Smith wrote on 2009-12-24 UTC
Still, the power of the King is greatly underestimated. A Commoner is known to be of more value than a Knight, and a Bishop as well. Does this apply to its royal version or are there other factors? One of them in proponency of a superior Knight-King would be that it moves divergent from most other pieces, so it is not so easily countered.

Puzzle Shatranj. Shatranj on a 15 puzzle. (8x8, Cells: 60) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
John Smith wrote on 2009-12-23 UTC
It does not change sides. However, it is dropped by the player that captured it, not the player that originally owned it.

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