A total of 21 very interesting Chess variants played on 42 "squares"
were submitted by 18 designers for this contest. The judges have
played each of these games at least twice, and it has still not been
easy for us to decided what game comes in what place. But, since it
would be hard to give out the prizes if we didn't rank the games
somehow, we have come up with the following ordering.
Actually, we did have a method. As mentioned above, we
played each game at least twice. Then, after playing a game the
second time, we would separately rate each game on the following five
When we were done, we added all of the ratings up to get an ordered
list of games. We then used this ordered list to help pick the
You shouldn't read too much into our rankings. We are both
idiosyncratic variant designers, and what appealed to us might not
appeal to someone else. It might have been nice to have played the
games more times, say four times each, but since one of the judges
lives in Arizona, and the other in Illinois, play had to be by e-mail
which takes a rather long time.
The judges would like to thank everyone who submitted a game. It's
been a lot of fun playing and examining your games, and we had a great
time doing it.
Written by Peter Aronson and Tony Quintanilla.
WWW page created: September 17th, 2002.