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Ribbon Boards. Make light, handsome, reshapable Chess variant boards out of Christmas ribbons.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Fergus Duniho wrote on 2004-10-27 UTC
I think the technique you describe for making a ring board won't consistently use the same two colors for the outer ring. It will sometimes use some of the inner colors. If you want a board that consistently uses different colors for the outer ring, you can add attachments to the ends of the strips you use for the inner board. These attachments would be in the colors of the outer ring. To make it look seamless, you would have to staple the attachments on in places that go underneath overlapping ribbons.

Fergus Duniho wrote on 2004-10-27 UTC
By a ring board, do you mean what is used for Jumping Chess and Rococo?

The boards lie about as flat as the surface you lie them on. Parts of the
board become elevated and tilted only when you fold the board into other
dimensions by folding part of the board underneath the rest of the board.
As a test, I just folded my 12x12 board into an 8x8 board on my bed, whose
surface is a memory foam mattress pad, and set up some small hollow plastic
pieces. Several of them fell down. I then removed that board and placed my
8x8 Cavalier Chess board in the same place, and set up the same pieces. I
shook my bed, which has springs underneath, and the pieces remained
standing. As long as you lie the board on a flat surface, such as a table,
and don't fold the board, it should be as flat and stable as you need it
to be. If folding the board makes it too unstable for your pieces, then
you can make more boards of smaller sizes, which you don't have to fold.

Peter Aronson wrote on 2004-10-27 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
This looks like a neat approach, and very portable. You could make a ring board with this technique by using a third and fourth colors for the outer ranks and files. Using red, green, white and silver, for example, use: <pre><blockquote> r g g g g g g g g r </blockquote></pre> for the files, and <pre><blockquote> s w w w w w w w w s </blockquote></pre> for the ranks. <p> The only question I have is how flat do the boards lie? Is it necessary to use weighted Chess pieces, or will even light-weight plastic pieces remain reliably upright? <p> Oh, and some pictures might be nice.

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