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The Chess Variant Pages



This page is written by the game's inventor, Stephane Burkhart.

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Larry Smith wrote on 2005-08-22 UTC
Restricting the movement of the King has been tried in several games. And
this does increase the potential for mate, or at the least stalemate. But
this form of restriction has not been totally accepted by the entire 3D
Chess community, which often feels that such is anathema to the purpose of
of a 3D game.  In other words, why expand the potential of the playing
field then begin truncating the movement of the pieces?

The primary complaint of introducing more the powerful planar pieces to
the game is that they are much more difficult to visualize not only during
their single turn movement but to extrapolate their position several moves
into the game.  Some have even suggested that the human mind is just not
capable to properly calculate such vast potentials.

I have a better opinion of the human mind. Given the proper training and
familiarity with any subject, it is more than up to the task. Of course,
this may mean that the individuals who play 3D Chess in the future may not
be able to do anything else. Not much different than some of the current
FIDE Grandmasters. ;-)

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