An established chess-variant magazine is *Variant Chess*, of which #15 (Oct-Dec 94) recently arrived. This issue has three pages on various forms of Progressive Chess, an article by Koichi Masukawa on the origin of shogi, four pages of chess problems, two pages on Kriegspiel, reviews and rule sketches of two commercial four-handed chesses, rules for a couple of CVs, annotated games of Modern Courier Chess and Avalanche Chess, and reviews of two books. One of these is Li's kriegspiel book; the reviewer finds the book well-written, with excellent diagrams 'an entertaining introduction to the game'. The letter column includes a letter from Michael Muff of St. Paul MN claiming a forced win for Black in Giveaway Chess after every White move but 1. b3--and he still favors Black there. He says the analysis has been reviewed by a host of masters. Some of the endgames, at least as so far analyzed, may be draws by the AISE rule that stalemate is a draw.
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Single issue (includes postage): £ 2
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The Chinese Chess FAQ writes about this magazine:
Variant Chess: The Magazine to Expand Your Chess Horizons Peter Wood 39 Linton Rd, Hastings, East Sussex, TN34 1TW England 4 issues per year 1-year subscription: 7 pounds (UK), 8 pd (surface), 9.5 pd (air) This newsletter includes a column on Chinese chess, as well as information on shogi and chess variants.
January 1997, the people behind Variant Chess formed the British Chess Variants Society.
Backissues of Variant Chess can be obtained in two bound volumes:
Volume 1, issues 1-8, 1990-1992, 112 pages, A4, UK: £ 10, Europe/Rest of
the World (surface): £ 11,
Rest of the World (airmail): £ 13.
Volume 2, issues 9-20, 1993-1996, 224 pages, A4, UK: £ 17, Europe/Rest of the World (surface): £ 18, Rest of the World (airmail): £ 21.
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Written by Philip M. Cohen and Hans L. Bodlaender.
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