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B.E. Dolata wrote on Sun, Nov 28, 2021 10:14 PM UTC:

H.G. Muller, thanks for the comments. I've also been doing some testing in ChessV.

White: Queen, Black: Queen
White wins: 94
Black wins: 93
Draws: 113
White: Griffon, Black:
White wins: 177
Black wins: 48
Draws: 75

I'm currently running test on the Archbishop and Chancellor.

The Queen-Griffon was matchup is fairly lopsided in the simulations, but its close enough that that I still found it fun to play myself. I haven't tested the Griffon-Lion matchup yet either in the computer or over the board, but your results for the KaFafsW Lion make me think that it could be unplayable. I will run some tests with the Q2afsW after my current games finish running and see if this tones down the Lion sufficiently.

Play-test applet for chess variants. Applet you can play your own variant against.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
B.E. Dolata wrote on Sat, Nov 27, 2021 07:22 PM UTC:

no text at all appear either with Safari or Firefox.I would be grateful if someone else with a Mac could try.

It works correctly for me on Mac in both Safari and Chrome.

MSchess-with-different-queens[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
B.E. Dolata wrote on Tue, Nov 23, 2021 04:32 PM UTC:

Thanks for the comments. I updated the notation and will add movement diagrams in the future.

My design goal is to have a form of Chess with Different Armies that I can play with people who are not chess variants enthusiasts. In my experience, people are a lot more willing to play with one or two new (to them) pieces than entirely new armies.

I want to have a list of piece that are roughly "Queenish," but I am not trying to maintain strict balance. As H. G. Muller mentioned, there is no need to play the strongest pieces against the weakest pieces. I will add some discussion of balance to the rules section once I write it.

I had originally used a KAND Lion but it felt too powerful on an 8x8 board during playtesting. I like the suggestion of the Wazir then Rook move for the Griffon. Another enhancement I had considered was to just add the Wazir move to the existing Griffon pattern.

ChessVA computer program
. Program for playing numerous Chess variants against your PC.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
B.E. Dolata wrote on Sun, Aug 22, 2021 04:57 AM UTC:

The Rhino in Grand Betza Chess appears to display the incorrect moves when one right clicks to get to properties. It shows the moves of a Wazir for me.

B.E. Dolata wrote on Fri, Aug 20, 2021 06:13 PM UTC:

Is there a typo in the Duke of Rutlands Chess include file in RC2?


AddPieceType( Chancellor, "Concubine", "C", 100, 1050 );


AddPieceType( Chancellor, "Concubine", "C", 1000, 1050 ); 

The CPU seemed willing to trade the Concubine for a Bishop when I played. 

B.E. Dolata wrote on Mon, May 10, 2021 03:17 PM UTC:

Hi Greg, I received an error while playing Do-Or-Die Chess.

This is the log

Do-or-Die Chess
Player(White) = Human
Player(Black) = ChessV
Moves = {
    d2d3 c4c3 f2f3 g4f3 e2f3 e4e3 d1e2 c3b2 c1b2 a4a3 b2c1 b5c3 b1c3 b4c3 g1h3

Exception type: System.IndexOutOfRangeException
Message: Index was outside the bounds of the array.
Source: ChessV.Base
Stack Trace: 
   at ChessV.Board.SquareToLocation(Int32 square)
   at ChessV.GUI.BoardPresentation.Render(Boolean highlightComputerMove, Boolean rotateBoard, Piece piece, Boolean endgame)

Chess Variant Construction Set. Putting together a set of materials for playing several different Chess variants.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
B.E. Dolata wrote on Sun, May 9, 2021 09:03 PM UTC:

This set may be of interest to anyone who's looking for a budget set of fairy pieces.

Faerie Chess

ChessVA computer program
. Program for playing numerous Chess variants against your PC.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
B.E. Dolata wrote on Fri, Apr 30, 2021 01:14 PM UTC:

Hi Greg, Thanks for the updated version. I received an exception while playing Tripunch chess

ChessV.Exceptions.ChessVException: An item with the same key has already been added. ---> System.ArgumentException: An item with the same key has already been added.
   at System.ThrowHelper.ThrowArgumentException(ExceptionResource resource)
   at System.Collections.Generic.Dictionary`2.Insert(TKey key, TValue value, Boolean add)
   at ChessV.Game.SearchRoot(Int32 alpha, Int32 beta, Int32 depth, List`1 movesToExclude)
   at ChessV.Game.Think(TimeControl timeControl, Int32 multiPV)
   --- End of inner exception stack trace ---
   at ChessV.Game.Think(TimeControl timeControl, Int32 multiPV)
   at ChessV.InternalEngine.startThinking()
   at ChessV.Match.OnMoveMade(Player sender, List`1 moves)
   at ChessV.MoveMadeEventHandler.Invoke(Player sender, List`1 moves)
   at ChessV.Player.emitMove(List`1 moves)
   at ChessV.GUI.BoardControl.tryMoveToLocation(Location location)
   at ChessV.GUI.BoardControl.BoardControl_MouseUp(Object sender, MouseEventArgs e)
   at System.Windows.Forms.Control.OnMouseUp(MouseEventArgs e)
   at System.Windows.Forms.Control.WmMouseUp(Message& m, MouseButtons button, Int32 clicks)
   at System.Windows.Forms.Control.WndProc(Message& m)
   at System.Windows.Forms.UserControl.WndProc(Message& m)
   at System.Windows.Forms.NativeWindow.Callback(IntPtr hWnd, Int32 msg, IntPtr wparam, IntPtr lparam)

The final board state was

r1h1kh1r/ppp1pppp/3p4/8/4n1c1/3PPN2/PPP1K1PP/RNH5 b ha - 2 10

I had just moved my Nightrider from g1 to f3.

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