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NEW! This item is a miscellaneous item
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It was last modified on: 2021-01-25
 Author: Fergus  Duniho. Chess Variant Pages: Terms of Service. What is expected of members and visitors.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Fergus Duniho wrote on 2021-01-27 UTC

It's a slippery slope to censor all talk of politics (or religion, or the lack thereof, for that matter).

I have changed my wording on that and moved it to the conduct section.


Fergus Duniho wrote on 2021-01-27 UTC

I think off-topic discussions in game logs are fine.

Okay, I have made it clear that game logs do not have any particular topic.


Fergus Duniho wrote on 2021-01-25 UTC

I have begun working on this Terms of Service page. I eventually plan to include a checkbox for agreeing to it when people sign up to become members. It is currently a draft, and feedback is welcome.


The birth of 3 new variants - part 1 : Grand Apothecary Chess Alert[Subject Thread] [Add Response]
Fergus Duniho wrote on 2021-01-25 UTC

What do you guys think about this?

I dislike movement diagram pieces and would not want to use them myself. They're harder to quickly tell apart, and they can be hard to read. For example, I thought the third piece in your lineup was a Knight until I noticed the first piece, which is more clearly a Knight in a comparison between the two. So, I would hope that a pictorial option remains available for any games you would use these for.


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It was last modified on: 2012-05-04
 Author: Fergus  Duniho. Chess Variant Pages: Privacy Policy. Missing description[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Fergus Duniho wrote on 2021-01-25 UTC

I am working on updating the privacy policy. I will eventually add a checkbox to the registration form for new members to agree to it. While it is a draft, I would like to get opinions from other editors and interested parties.


This item is a miscellaneous item
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It was last modified on: 2008-10-07
 Author: Fergus  Duniho. Games for Game Courier. The many games you can play online with Game Courier.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Fergus Duniho wrote on 2021-01-23 UTC

I have submitted the GC preset also for Zanzibar-XL, Gigachess II and Terachess II now.

Each one is fine, and I have unhidden each one.


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 Author: Fergus  Duniho. Sign in to the Chess Variant Pages. Missing description[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Fergus Duniho wrote on 2021-01-23 UTC

I have modified the registration script to register new members without sending email. It will now display the password and provide some instructions for getting started. To make sure it works, I deleted one of my other accounts and recreated it.


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 Author: Fergus  Duniho. Games for Game Courier. The many games you can play online with Game Courier.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Fergus Duniho wrote on 2021-01-22 UTC

Is that OK now for both Teramachy and Zanzibar-S?

Yes, I have now unhidden both pages.


This item is a book, magazine, journal or pamphlet
It belongs to categories: Orthodox chess, 
It was last modified on: 2003-02-19
 Author: John William Brown. Meta-Chess. Missing description[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Fergus Duniho wrote on 2021-01-22 UTC

His activity on this site dropped off right around the time I got involved with the site over 20 years ago, and I do not think I was ever in personal contact with him. Considering that he has no website of his own, his book is not sold through any other venue, he is probably 76 years old, and I can find hardly any information on him, I expect he is no longer selling this book.


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 Author: Fergus  Duniho. Games for Game Courier. The many games you can play online with Game Courier.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Fergus Duniho wrote on 2021-01-21 UTC

Which links?

These are link pages to locally hosted content. Each page for a Game Courier preset should have a link to the preset it is for.

Where to put links?

Text and image links both work. I recommend putting a link around the image and telling the visitor to click the image to play the game on Game Courier.

Is it OK now (for Teramachy and Zanzibar-S)?

No, I did not see a link on either page.


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Fergus Duniho wrote on 2021-01-21 UTC

So far, I have replaced the deadEmail column with the emailVerified column, I have added the dateVerified column, and I have made appropriate changes to some scripts. I have not yet changed how registration works.


Fergus Duniho wrote on 2021-01-21 UTC

Thanks to many email carriers having overzealous spam detection, email is no longer as reliable as it used to be. So, I'm contemplating changing how registration works. Like many other sites, it would just require a userid and password. When an email address is given, it would try to verify the email, but inability to verify an email would not keep someone from using his new account. Other email would be sent only to members with verified email accounts, and one would still be required for retrieving a lost password. Whenever an email address is entered, it would make sure it doesn't match any verified email address, and when an email address is verified, it would remove any unverified use of that address.


This item is a miscellaneous item
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It was last modified on: 2008-10-07
 Author: Fergus  Duniho. Games for Game Courier. The many games you can play online with Game Courier.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Fergus Duniho wrote on 2021-01-21 UTC

Could you please check what I've done for 2 GC presets: Zanzibar-S and Teramachy? Are they correct?

No, they are missing links. Also, it is not necessary to upload an image for a Game Courier preset, because you can use an image generated by the Diagram Designer. From your preset, choose the Diagram Designer item in the Related Pages menu. This will open the Diagram Designer with an image matching the setup for your game. You can use this image on your page instead of uploading one. You may also wish to use a smaller image on this page. You may do that with the Diagram Designer by reducing its scale.

I have understood that after creating the page for the preset, I have to select "Upload or Manage Files" to upload an image, that in this case is a screen copy of the preset. (as this image is loaded when the preset is launched, why the need to upload an image already available on the site?)

Because it is not available on the site. Game Courier sometimes renders boards as HTML or CSS code, and when it does render boards as images, it stores them in a temporary directory and eventually deletes them. That's where the Diagram Designer comes in. It more or less uses the same code as Game Courier does for rendering boards as images, and it can give you a link for drawing your board.

And there I have to add the image. If I select WYSYWIG, I can attach an image. When I click the button, I am asked to enter the URL. How can I know the URL straight? Too bad it don't offer to me directly the link to the image I have uploaded.

The file manager that is provided for uploading images should be showing you the URL of each image. You may find it convenient to keep it open in a different tab than the one you're writing your text in.


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Fergus Duniho wrote on 2021-01-21 UTC

Sean B, I believe I already handled this by email.


This item is a game information page
It belongs to categories: Orthodox chess, 
It was last modified on: 2004-12-08
 By GM Gregory  Topov. Stanley Random Chess This item is a game information page
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Fergus Duniho wrote on 2021-01-20 UTC

I have updated the notice to a warning that says this game is a hoax.


Fergus Duniho wrote on 2021-01-20 UTC

My understanding is that the description of the game is a hoax, but the game itself is not.

I will quote some excerpts from the linked document that suggest it is a hoax:

The precise rules are far too numerous to list here, and the above rules merely introduce some of the unique aspects of SR Chess.

Even the page linked to does not describe the full rules of the game.

A good grasp of the more comprehensive laws that govern legal and winning patterns and sequences is essential for expert play, but these are amply documented and explained in Samuel Worthington's fourth edition of Stanley Random Chess: The Official Player's Guide - Vol. 1, The Rules (Vol. 2, The Players and Vol. 3, Developing Winning Strategy are also worthwhile).

A Google search for this book did not turn up any links to it. It apparently does not exist. All that turned up were the page linked here and copies of it.

Over 535 such variations have been documented by the ISRCA, and the appendix of their 2004 Official Stanley Random Chess Handbook summarizes the 32 more popular international variations.

When I searched Google for "Official Stanley Random Chess Handbook", I did not find any link to this document.

But I did find an Uncyclopedia article on Stanley Random Chess. Uncyclopedia is a parody of Wikipedia, which is full of falsehoods written as humor. Checking who wrote the first version of the Wikipedia article, it is in fact Gregory Topov, the author of this page. I consider this an admission that Stanley Random Chess is a hoax.

Playing Online

This section talks about playing it on schemingmind.com, the very site the article is hosted on, but it does not include a link for actually playing it online.

Given that full documentation for the game exists only in fictional documents, the author of this page wrote an Uncyclopedia article on this game, and I cannot find anyplace to actually play it online despite claims that it can be played online, I conclude that this game is a hoax.


This item is a miscellaneous item
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It was last modified on: 2008-10-07
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Fergus Duniho wrote on 2021-01-19 UTC

I have tried. Not sure I have understood what to do.

I have added better instructions to the script.


This item is a game information page
It belongs to categories: Orthodox chess, 
It was last modified on: 2004-12-08
 By GM Gregory  Topov. Stanley Random Chess This item is a game information page
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It was last modified on: 2004-12-08
 By GM Gregory  Topov.. Missing description[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Fergus Duniho wrote on 2021-01-19 UTC

I just noticed that this is a link page, and one of the links provided on the page did go to a page with more information. I fixed up the HTML, added a notice to the top, and removed all but one link. Some were Geocities links that no longer worked, and some were general links that didn't go to information on this particular game.


Apothecary Chess Tournament[Subject Thread] [Add Response]
Fergus Duniho wrote on 2021-01-19 UTC

I'm sorry to say but it works in the same way.

Okay, I made some corrections to a test version at this URL:

https://www.chessvariants.com/play/pbm/play.php?game=Apothecary+Chess-Classic&settings=fpdtest

In both your Post-Move code and the stalemated subroutine I gave you, I had to make sure that last_type_moved was updated before testing whether the King was in check.

With these changes made, all my tests worked. I created a position in which the White Joker was on a diagonal with the Black King. When White moved a piece with a diagonal move, it put Black in check. After blocking with a Knight, I was able to move the Knight away on the next turn. With the King in check again, the Knight could block, capture the Joker, or move to another space, which would end the check by changing the powers of the Joker. With the King not in check, the only legal move for one Bishop was to go between the Joker and the King, and the other Bishop, the Archbishop, and the Queen had no legal moves, because moving any would place the King in check.


This item is a miscellaneous item
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It was last modified on: 2008-10-07
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Fergus Duniho wrote on 2021-01-19 UTC

Shall I mention to report any bug to you or to me?

If you mention it at all, it should be to the author of the preset, which would be you. But it's not necessary to mention it.


This item is a game information page
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It was last modified on: 2020-12-21
 By Leon  Carey. Family Chess. Chess with Different Armies, but with extra pieces.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Fergus Duniho wrote on 2021-01-18 UTC

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This item is a game information page
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It was last modified on: 2020-12-27
 By Luciano  Baldesini. Specular transcendental chess. Random pieces, New Fischer Random, Symmetrical Transcendental chess, No castling.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Fergus Duniho wrote on 2021-01-18 UTC

I clicked on a link that says Symmetrical transcendental chess, but the game is called Specular transcendental chess on the page. For a randomized variant, it would be appropriate to include the rules for randomizing the position in the Setup section, and to include only the rules for otherwise playing the game in the Rules section.


This item is a game information page
It belongs to categories: Orthodox chess, 
It was last modified on: 2004-12-08
 By GM Gregory  Topov. Stanley Random Chess This item is a game information page
It belongs to categories: Orthodox chess, 
It was last modified on: 2004-12-08
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Fergus Duniho wrote on 2021-01-18 UTC

Should I remove this page? The rules section does not describe the rules, and this page does not make it clear how to play this game.


This item is a game information page
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It was last modified on: 2020-12-28
 By Benjamin  Silversten. Chaos Chess. Game with Random Pieces.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Fergus Duniho wrote on 2021-01-18 UTC

Has this particular random setup variant been invented before? If it hasn't, it may be because randomization without any restrictions is a bad idea. Bobby Fischer employed various restrictions in his variant, because he wanted to avoid things like two Bishops on the same color or the King being unable to castle with one of the Rooks. Since this variant randomizes the positions of all the pieces without any restriction, it could start out with Black's King already in check. Would that mean that White has won right away?

Also, the name Chaos Chess is already used for Allen Jett's Chaos Chess, which is a more randomized variant with some restrictions. Chaos Chess is also the name of a variant with its own app, in which the movement powers of a piece are selected at random. Chaos Chess is also the name of a commercial multiplayer variant with cards that change the rules of the game, sort of similar to Knightmare Chess. So, the name is already overused.


NEW! This item is a game information page
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It was last modified on: 2020-12-30
 By Sundar  Narayanan. Ethics-Chess. Using chess to explore diversity and inclusion is the aim of the game. Game with queen with king moves and vice versa.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Fergus Duniho wrote on 2021-01-18 UTC

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