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This page is written by the game's inventor, David Short.

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George Duke wrote on 2007-09-11 UTCGood ★★★★
Around 2002-2003 Ultra Slanted Escalator Chess was extensively Commented. However, only couple other Comments appear right here, so Ralph Betza must have made remarks about USEC elsewhere. So what? One, it shows JJoyce's recent point that it is difficult to find some material even with CVPage's Superior indexing, because of sheer volume(fortunately we always know our way around). Two, it shows how fleeting a purportedly good CV invention can be, this one a Contest winner. Who in the current crop knows USEC and its cousins like Slanted Escalator Chess? Okay, follow the links and at Slanted Escalator Chess, 'gnohmon' (=Betza) rates SEC 'Excellent' and informally 'interesting', and also says with reason 'Bishops should be replaced by something else'. Also, RBetza addresses White first-move and other advantages in the 60-square one(usually an issue with smaller Chesses like that more so). RBetza also hypothesizes putting a Nightrider or Rose on board. Maybe Zillions has lot of USEC and SEC play. Look at David Short's extensive work explaining piece-moves at SEC. We include this inventor's Double Chess as part of backdrop for Complete Permutation Chess although really 8x16 alreadly appears more than once in DP's 1994 ECV. These Escalator ones are comprehensible and likely playable, whereas Schizophrenic and Existentialist (which has GC Preset) may be over-complicated. DShort has fifteen(15) CVs listed under 'Invented', the minimum criterion we use for 'Prolific' category. Here is record of the years of invention: 1999-1; 2000-2; 2001-3; 2002-9; 2004-1. The typical bell-shaped design trajectory can be detected albeit skewed right by so many in the one particular year.

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