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George Duke wrote on 2007-10-03 UTC
In 1994 David Pritchard 'ECV' (Introduction) and in 1995 Ralph Betza email(whether Betza first thought of it or not), Almost Chess is 'radical'. Clearly, we are generally talking two-track about new rules sets. One of our tracks is standard mad-Queen FIDE replacements: Black Ghost, Fischer Random, 'bring back free castling' and a hundred, or even five hundred, others. Probably the 'Car-Caps' belong with this first group even though requiring 8x10. The second track is Chess Variant free-form with anywhere from 10,000 to some countless 10 to the 50th or 100th forms. More interesting right here is 'Sort of Almost Chess', a different armies variate with only one of the Queens as Marshall(RN). That would follow reviewed-lately Black Ghost in creating more-than-usual asymmetry. Presumably, from the brief exchange, RBetza invented SoAC in 1994.

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