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Top 50 Games on Game Courier

Based on records of finished games on Game Courier, the games listed here have been sorted and ranked based on how many times each has been played here. The number of games played links to the logs of the actual games. The name links to a page with one or more presets for playing the game. In some cases, this will include alternate sets or boards that make use of the same settings file. Since more games have been played on Game Courier than there are official pages for, not every game will be linked to a preset page. You will also find links to settings files you can select for playing the game. These are listed in order of popularity. Since the preset defining a game does not have to include a settings file, and because settings files just weren't used when the earliest presets were made, some games here do not have any. In the rare instance in which a game has no preset page and no settings file, you can still find a preset for it by going to one of the games actually played.

The URL can take the following arguments: sort=rank to sort by rank, sort=alpha to sort alphabetically, min=number to filter out games played fewer than the given number of times, max=number to filter out games ranking above the rank given by the number, and past=number to filter out games finished before the given number of seconds before the present. Default values are sort=rank&min=0&max=0&past=0. For max and past, zero values really mean infinity. When all numeric filters are zero, it will include never-played games to give a complete listing of all games available on Game Courier.

Note that you are going to find here presets with rule-enforcement and others without it, and sometimes both will be available for the same game. Most presets without rule-enforcement will clearly state that they lack it. In case it doesn't, you can tell for sure by clicking the Edit button in a game's menu page and checking whether the code for rule-enforcement is there.

RankNumberNameSettings
1453Shogi default Japanese-PNG Japanese-CSS Motif-CSS Symbolic
2304Chess with Different Armies' Unequal Armies default Knights-Colorbound Colorbound-Knights Colorbound-Rookies Rookies-Colorbound FIDE-Rookies Colorbound-FIDE FIDE-Colorbound Knights-Rookies Rookies-FIDE Rookies-Knights FIDE-Knights Knights-FIDE Nutty Knights Colorbound-Rookies_MOM Colorbound Clobberers Unequal_Armies_GS Remarkable Rookies Knights-FIDEss Colorbound-Knights_MOM FIDE-Colorboundvv Knights-Colorboundv FIDE-Knightss Knights FIDE-Colorbounds Classic-Rooksversion1 Colorbound-Knightsv Colorbound-Knightsvv FIDE-Knightsss Colorbound-Rookiess Knights-FIDEs Knights-Rooksversion Knights-Men NeglectedKnights
3256Symmetric Chess default rules
4232Chinese Chess GB-set fairychess
5204Chess JPG-Alfaerie default fairychess Chess3 PNG-Magnetic JPG-Alfaeriev CSS-Motif
6202Chu Shogi chu
7187Janggi default SWAP
8179Cetran Chess 2 asymmetric asym1tourney asymmetric-enforced reversed_symmetric asymmetric to carlos-sagi5 cameron-jeremy cetran2 sagi-carlos3 Cetran2 Asymmetric qrknchsaKSNRCAQH sqhrkncaHQRCKANS hcsraqnkHQCRAKNS ksnhcaqrAHCSRQNK krhcqnsaHACNKQRS rkqnaschKRQNCAHS crhnqskaANHRSCKQ mirror-symmetric
9170Glinski's Hexagonal Chess default PNG-Magnetic-Earthtones PNG-Magnetic-Earthtonesvvv alf PNG-Alfaerie-nicelooking
10156Fischer Random Chess Abstract special Alfaerie Abstract2 FRC01 FRC02 special-sagi-carlos makov-sissa
11126Alice Chess default MagneticPieces alf
12124Ultima Galactic Galacticnocheck fairychess
13120Eurasian Chess newrules Eurasian fairychess
14102Pocket Mutation Chess Alfaerie-fpd mageofmaple greg
15100Sac Chess default Default-Standard Default-Alternate Default-Abstract abstract
1696McCooey's Hexagonal Chess default
1784Omega Chess Alfaerie Omega Chess
1784Shako Cazaux standard newcazaux
1982Circular Chess default JPG-Motif 2
2081Rococo Alfaerie
2180Grand Chess Abstract fairychess
2277Opulent Chess AlfaerieNew Alfaerie NoRules
2372Shatranj Alfaerie-CSS
2468Modern Shatranj carrillo carrillo2 Modern_Shatranj
2567Gross Chess default fairychess
2666Universal Chess Alfaeries asymmetric Alfaeries-asymmetric Alfaerie reversed-symmetric73 reversed-symmetric24 JM-CC Alfaerie40std
2666Capablanca Chess' default capa final capa defaultvvv
2860Latrunculi XXI Set2 Set9 Set1 Set8 Set4 Set3 Set7
2959Falcon Chess Alfaerie
2959Makruk (Thai chess) Alfaerie2r Alfaerie Alfaerie3 Alfaerie2 Alfaerie4
3158Caïssa Britannia default
3255Petteia XXI Set7 Set2 Set1 Set9 Set4 Set6 Set8 Set3
3353Crazyhouse Galactic
3452Kamikaze Mortal Shogi Symbolic Japanese-CSS Japanese-PNG
3551Euchess Euchess default
3650Cetran Chess 3 asymmetric-enforced Alfaerie xqnabsmzkyrcAMBZQRCYNSXK yxnsmzrkcabqBZAMXCNRSKYQ amyszbkqnrcxRYKANZSQMXCB zcxmbqysrnkaCANKMZQYXSBR xbmacsrnkzqyCBQKMYXRAZNS
3749Colossus rules Quad
3848Berolina Chess Chess3 Alfaerie
3947Maorider Chess default Maorider Chess Checkered
4044Shatranji default
4143Wildebeest Chess default Wildebeest Chess Wildebeest Chess with rules Wildebeest
4143Courier Chess AlfaerieCourier Alfaerie def
4342Pocket Shogi Copper default
44414-WAY CHESS 4-WAY CHESS
4441Apothecary Chess-Modern ApothecaryChess-Modern Apothecary_Chess-Modern
4441Different Pawns Random Chess default
4441shako_balbo default standard
4839Chess 9x9 default reinforced Default special
4938Catapults of Troy
4938Cardinal Chess Default default
4938Dimension X Dimension X
4938Anti-King Chess II Alfaerie
Total Variants Listed: 52
Total Games Played: 5006


Written by Fergus Duniho
WWW Page Created: 07 April 2015