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The Chess Variant Pages

This page is written by the game's inventor, Fergus Duniho.

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Fergus Duniho wrote on 2009-12-13 UTC

I was just browsing through Pritchard's Encyclopedia of Chess Variants and noticed a listing for Degraded Chess by V. R. Parton. This game is similar to Mortal Chessgi. Captured pieces degrade in the same way. The two differences are that captured pieces do not change sides, and the captured piece gets put back on the board right away. Pritchard's description did not make it clear which player puts the piece back on the board. This is not the first time I've made a game similar to one of Parton's without knowing of his game first. Wormhole Chess is based on the same idea as Parton's Cheshire Cat Chess. In this case, it may not have made a difference, since Degraded Chess is more like Hydra Chess, one of the inspirations for this game, and in fact Degraded Chess is even less like Mortal Chessgi than Hydra Chess is. In Hydra Chess, a captured piece is returned to its player, who holds it in hand and may drop it later as in Chessgi.

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