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The Chess Variant Pages:
Featured Chess Variants

Introduction

Every now and then, perhaps once a month, though don't hold us to that, we will feature a Chess variant by including a link to it on the header of all our pages. Each variant will be chosen by the editors using the following criteria:

  1. The game should have a history of being played, even if only on Game Courier. Concept games that even the inventor doesn't bother playing will be avoided.
  2. It should be playable by online correspondence and with a computer program, generally meaning that it should be programmed for Game Courier and Zillions of Games, but being available on other sites or with other programs will do. Basically, if we're going to draw attention to a game, we should also provide opportunities to play it.
  3. The page itself should provide a good example of what a CV page should look like, using grammatical English, correct spelling, good organization, clear explanations, and good use of graphics.

In the past, we would sometimes feature a recognized variant of the month. But we did not keep this up, and the list of recognized variants was not growing rapidly enough to feature a new game each month. We are now continuing with the idea of featuring a variant each month or so, but we are dropping the requirement that it be a recognized variant. When the featured variant isn't recognized, it will become eligible for inclusion in the recognized list, and it will be added to future polls for selecting recognized variants. Besides the list of recognized variants, we will draw games to feature from CV books, tournaments, design contests, Game Courier's popularity counts, and recommendations from you. If you have a variant you want featured, first do what you can to get it to meet the requirements for being featured, then tell us about it in the comments section for this page.

List of Featured Variants

  1. Shogi - January 2011 - February 14, 2011
  2. Xiangqi - February 14, 2011 -

Recognized Variants of the Month

Between 2001 and 2006, we frequently featured recognized variants of the month. Since that tradition is now being relaced with this new one, the recognized variants of the month are being listed here:

Months
December
November
October
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February
January
2006
(n/a)
(n/a)
(n/a)
(n/a)
Magnetic Chess
Gothic Chess
Crazyhouse
McCooey's Hexagonal Chess
Courier Chess
Janggi: Korean Chess
Anti-King Chess II
Pocket Mutation Chess
2005
(n/a)
(n/a)
(n/a)
Kriegspiel
(n/a)
Avalanche Chess
(n/a)
(n/a)
Omega Chess
Losing Chess
Marseillais Chess
Hostage Chess
2004
Extinction Chess
Chess with Different Armies
Alice Chess
(n/a)
(n/a)
(n/a)
(n/a)
(n/a)
(n/a)
(n/a)
(n/a)
(n/a)
2002
(n/a)
(n/a)
(n/a)
(n/a)
(n/a)
Progressive Chess
Los Alamos Chess
Grand Chess
Fischer Random Chess
Tandem Chess
Shogi
Glinski's Hexagonal Chess
2001
Shatranj
Ultima
Xiangqi
Raumschach
(n/a)
(n/a)
(n/a)
(n/a)
(n/a)
(n/a)
(n/a)
(n/a)

Written by Fergus Duniho
Page Created: January 03, 2011