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UPDATED! This item is a game information page
It belongs to categories: Two dimensional, Large board
It was last modified on: 2021-08-04
 By Albert  Lee. Amazonia. (Updated!) 11x11 board with Pawns that promote to Princesses in the middle of the board.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Fergus Duniho wrote on 2021-08-04 UTC

What's the Flying General in Xiangqi?


UPDATED! This item is a game information page
It belongs to categories: Two dimensional, Orthodox chess set but with special rules about the board
It was last modified on: 2021-07-29
 Author: Alessandro  Castelli and Fergus  Duniho. Inventor: Don  Miller and Leo  Nadvorney. Spherical chess. (Updated!) Sides of the board are considered to be connected to form a sphere. (8x8, Cells: 64) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Fergus Duniho wrote on 2021-08-03 UTC

On e.g. a 10‐file board, Miller's reasoning would line up with Nadvorney's.

That's a good point. On a 10-file board, the files would surround the pole in a way that makes diagonal movement more intuitive, and once the board was defined, it would be easy to make spherical adaptations of various 10x8 variants like Grotesque Chess and other related games or 10x10 variants like Grand Chess.


Fergus Duniho wrote on 2021-08-03 UTC

All I did to the original diagram was change its formatting to make it easier to read. I got the idea for putting a box around the main board from Pritchard, who did the same, but unlike him, I left all the inner coordinates in.


NEW! This item is a Zillions-of-Games file
It belongs to categories: Two dimensional, Orthodox chess set but with different capturing rules
It was last modified on: 2021-07-31
 Author: Fergus  Duniho. Inventor: John  Leslie. Hostage Chess ZIP file. Pieces taken are held hostage and can be exchanged against other pieces and then dropped.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Fergus Duniho wrote on 2021-07-31 UTC

John Leslie noticed some bugs in the previous version, and I found out that the latest version on my computer had already fixed those bugs. So I included it in a new zip file with some changes to the initial comments.


UPDATED! This item is a game information page
It belongs to categories: Two dimensional, Orthodox chess set but with special rules about the board
It was last modified on: 2021-07-29
 Author: Alessandro  Castelli and Fergus  Duniho. Inventor: Don  Miller and Leo  Nadvorney. Spherical chess. (Updated!) Sides of the board are considered to be connected to form a sphere. (8x8, Cells: 64) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Fergus Duniho wrote on 2021-07-29 UTC

I have updated this page with diagrams and more detailed descriptions.


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It was last modified on: 2017-09-07
 Author: Fergus  Duniho. NOST: kNights Of the Square Table. kNights Of the Square Table.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Fergus Duniho wrote on 2021-07-28 UTC

Are there any former NOST members around with back issues of NOSTalgia that could be scanned and put on the internet? The NOST website had only a few of the latest issues. Pritchard sometimes used it as a source for his Encyclopedia of Chess Variants, but his descriptions of games are often sketchy rather than complete.


UPDATED! This item is a game information page
It belongs to categories: Two dimensional, Orthodox chess set but with special rules about the board
It was last modified on: 2021-07-29
 Author: Alessandro  Castelli and Fergus  Duniho. Inventor: Don  Miller and Leo  Nadvorney. Spherical chess. (Updated!) Sides of the board are considered to be connected to form a sphere. (8x8, Cells: 64) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Fergus Duniho wrote on 2021-07-28 UTC

I started on adding an introduction, but it's late, and I will have to wait until tomorrow to continue.


Fergus Duniho wrote on 2021-07-28 UTC

I have a better idea of how this works now. I was describing a torus in my last comment. Unlike a torus, the north and south poles are not adjacent on a sphere. I will write up a better description and provide some more visual diagrams when I have the time.


Fergus Duniho wrote on 2021-07-27 UTC

The description of this game is very confusing. The middle eight rows make sense. These include a regular Chess board with two files from the other side on each side. This much is like Cylindrical Chess.

g8  h8  a8  b8  c8  d8  e8  f8  g8  h8  a8  b8
g7  h7  a7  b7  c7  d7  e7  f7  g7  h7  a7  b7
g6  h6  a6  b6  c6  d6  e6  f6  g6  h6  a6  b6
g5  h5  a5  b5  c5  d5  e5  f5  g5  h5  a5  b5
g4  h4  a4  b4  c4  d4  e4  f4  g4  h4  a4  b4
g3  h3  a3  b3  c3  d3  e3  f3  g3  h3  a3  b3
g2  h2  a2  b2  c2  d2  e2  f2  g2  h2  a2  b2
g1  h1  a1  b1  c1  d1  e1  f1  g1  h1  a1  b1

But the two rows at the top and bottom do not fit the same pattern. Here is the pattern that would make sense to me:

g2  h2  a2  b2  c2  d2  e2  f2  g2  h2  a2  b2
g1  h1  a1  b1  c1  d1  e1  f1  g1  h1  a1  b1
g8  h8  a8  b8  c8  d8  e8  f8  g8  h8  a8  b8
g7  h7  a7  b7  c7  d7  e7  f7  g7  h7  a7  b7
g6  h6  a6  b6  c6  d6  e6  f6  g6  h6  a6  b6
g5  h5  a5  b5  c5  d5  e5  f5  g5  h5  a5  b5
g4  h4  a4  b4  c4  d4  e4  f4  g4  h4  a4  b4
g3  h3  a3  b3  c3  d3  e3  f3  g3  h3  a3  b3
g2  h2  a2  b2  c2  d2  e2  f2  g2  h2  a2  b2
g1  h1  a1  b1  c1  d1  e1  f1  g1  h1  a1  b1
g8  h8  a8  b8  c8  d8  e8  f8  g8  h8  a8  b8
g7  h7  a7  b7  c7  d7  e7  f7  g7  h7  a7  b7

I do not understand why the pattern on the page is not this.


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 Author: Fergus  Duniho. Home page of The Chess Variant Pages. Missing description[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Fergus Duniho wrote on 2021-07-27 UTC

The tag description page-scripts aren't working.

That had to do with how I mass-edited many scripts to include the headcode.php script in the HEAD section. I have now corrected it for this script.


UPDATED! This item is a game information page
It belongs to categories: Two dimensional, Large board, Three or more players, From ancient times, War game, Chess combined with some other game or sport
It was last modified on: 2021-07-27
 By Daphne  Snowmoon. Pandemonium (Surajang修羅場). (Updated!) Capablanca chess + Crazyhouse.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Fergus Duniho wrote on 2021-07-24 UTC

I added its code to the end of your Setup section. You can decide how you want to incorporate it into your page.


The birth of 3 new variants - part 2 : Grand Apothecary Chess Modern[Subject Thread] [Add Response]
Fergus Duniho wrote on 2021-07-21 UTC

I still need to understand how to delete a value from an array in order to remove the necessary value from wcastle or bcastle.

You can unset an array element if you know its key. For example:

set ra array a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r;
unset ra.4; // removes e from array

But what if you just know the element you want to delete and not its key? I have now added a diff operator to return an array difference. When an argument isn't already an array, it gets turned into a single element array. So, this code removes j1 from wcastle.

set wcastle d1 c1 j1 k1;
set wcastle diff #wcastle j1;

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 Author: Fergus  Duniho. Home page of The Chess Variant Pages. Missing description[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Fergus Duniho wrote on 2021-07-19 UTC

To avoid making multiple sets of ebay ads, I changed the ones I had made to custom sized, then reused the same ads at different sizes. In the left sidebar, they may appear as a full-sized vertical column or up to two may appear half-sized. In the footer, ebay ads may appear as a horizontal strip. I have not put any at the top of the page or on the right sidebar, because ebay ads must be taller than the horizontal banner ads at the top, and they must be wider than the space allocated for ads on the right. I have also added code to prevent the same ebay ad from appearing multiple times on the same page.


Fergus Duniho wrote on 2021-07-18 UTC

I see no e-bay adds anymore at all.

Since the Macbook is a laptop, it may not provide as wide a screen as my desktop monitor does. On my own 14.1 inch laptop, there are no ads on the left side, because the CSS is set to not display them unless the browser window is wide enough.


Fergus Duniho wrote on 2021-07-17 UTC

From what you're saying, it is going wrong for you in two ways.

  1. It is showing the full 36 items. But it should only show a box that fits on the screen, and you should be able to see all 36 items only by scrolling this box.

  2. It is showing the ad above the content instead of to its left.

I went to test the ad for France by setting my IP's adlocale to "fr-FR", and when I went to preview this comment, an ad showed up at the top of the page. What I did yesterday was accidentally put the ad code for the left side ads in the script for banner ads that go up top. So, that accounts for #2. I have fixed that by copying the code to the correct file and deleting it from the wrong one. Were you also describing #1, or was it only #2?


Fergus Duniho wrote on 2021-07-16 UTC

Since the old ebay ads were no longer showing up, I have started replacing them with new ones. I liked that the old ones could be script-generated with different search terms plugged in. For the new ones, I have to manually create each ad on ebay. So, except for the United States, which is my own country and has the most visitors to this site, I am creating fewer types of ebay ads. I have mainly been working on the large ones that go on the left side on a desktop. I generally made four ads per country, the search terms being Chess, Chess Variant, and that country's own language's words for Chess and Chess Books. The Chess ads may also show items matching the recent activity of CVP visitors on ebay. Countries with more than one language got more. I made ads for Australia (AU), Austria (AT), Belgium (BE), Canada (CA), France (FR), Germany (DE), Ireland (IE), Italy (IT), the Netherlands (NL), Spain (ES), Switzerland (CH), the United Kingdom (UK), and the United State (US). That's the whole set of countries I can make ebay ads for. Just in case I left out a semicolon or something, let me know if you are having trouble viewing pages from your country.


The birth of 3 new variants - part 2 : Grand Apothecary Chess Modern[Subject Thread] [Add Response]
Fergus Duniho wrote on 2021-07-15 UTC

I do not understand why after I move the rook I can castle with the cannon on the field that was supposed to be used only for the rook.

So far, you have not made it clear that the King moves to a different space when castling with each piece. The rules you have underneath the game do not even mention castling. The castle subroutine was not written with such a rule in mind. You might be able to make it work by adjusting the values of bcastle and wcastle after a Rook moves.

I think I haven't explained that properly but only one castle is aloud.

Castling is allowed only once, which I understand, but what you say next doesn't fit with you trying to say that. Are you trying to say that the King has only once space it can go to when castling with a certain piece?

Regarding your preset, I don't understand why you are using four colors for checkering the board. Also, the dark blue squares do not contrast well with the color used for highlighting legal moves, which makes it hard to see legal moves highlighted on those squares. Additionally, your rules could use images of the pieces, so that someone looking at a piece on the board can more easily tell how it moves. Remember to use the shortcodes for displaying pieces, so that the piece images below match those on the board no matter what piece set is used.


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 Author: Fergus  Duniho. Home page of The Chess Variant Pages. Missing description[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Fergus Duniho wrote on 2021-07-15 UTC

I made mass edits to most pages on the site today using sed. I added a line to all .html pages up to five or six levels deep and to all the .php files in /index/ to include the /g/headcode.php script after the HEAD tag. This is for being able to insert common code into the head section of each page. While I expect the .html files are all okay, the scripts were not all uniform in how they handled the head section. Some would include it as HTML, and some would write it with PHP code. For example, msdisplay.php was broken until I fixed it earlier this evening. So, if you come across any other script that is not working right, let me know so that I can fix it.


UPDATED! This item is a game information page
It belongs to categories: Two dimensional, In a category all its own
It was last modified on: 2021-07-15
 By Simon Edward Jepps. Sorchess. (Updated!) A somewhat unorthodox Wizard enters the 64sq arena, yet with good charm.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Fergus Duniho wrote on 2021-07-15 UTC

I edited the text to clarify how the Wizard moves and published this page.


This item is a desktop publishing resource
It belongs to categories: Orthodox chess
It was last modified on: 2002-02-09
 By Michel  Drouilly. GenDiagW: a Word macro to make chess diagrams This item is a desktop publishing resource
It belongs to categories: Orthodox chess
It was last modified on: 2002-02-09
 By Michel  Drouilly.. A Word macro to make chess diagrams.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Fergus Duniho wrote on 2021-07-14 UTC

This link is old and broken, but it is on the Internet Archive here:

https://web.archive.org/web/20050322075054/http://perso.wanadoo.fr/drouilly/tournois.htm

Since I don't have Word, I can't test whether this macro still works. Would someone who has Word check this out and get back to me on whether we should keep this link page?


This item is a book, magazine, journal or pamphlet
It belongs to categories: Orthodox chess
It was last modified on: 2012-05-15
 Author: Edward  Lasker and Fergus  Duniho. Edward Lasker's Chess StrategyThis item is a book, magazine, journal or pamphlet
It belongs to categories: Orthodox chess
It was last modified on: 2012-05-15
 Author: Edward  Lasker and Fergus  Duniho. Adobe Acrobat file. A PDF version of Edward Lasker's Chess Strategy, formatted for an ereader.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Fergus Duniho wrote on 2021-07-13 UTC

I'm marking this as deleted, because I got a 404 error when I checked the link.


This item is a computer program
It belongs to categories: Two dimensional, Oriental, Oriental
It was last modified on: 2015-05-26
 Author: Terrance  Davis. Shogi SoftwareThis item is a computer program
It belongs to categories: Two dimensional, Oriental, Oriental
It was last modified on: 2015-05-26
 Author: Terrance  Davis.. Shogi Software.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Fergus Duniho wrote on 2021-07-13 UTC

I am getting rid of this link page, because the link is broken, and the only copy of the site on the Internet Archive is not all there, and it was supposed to feature a Java applet anyway, and Java applets are not well supported anymore. For anyone interested, here is the Internet Archive link:

https://web.archive.org/web/20060721204331/http://www.samuraichess.org/shogi/index.html


This item is a computer program
It belongs to categories: Two dimensional, Oriental, Oriental
It was last modified on: 2004-09-15
 Author: Moshe  Rapaport. Shogi ProgramsThis item is a computer program
It belongs to categories: Two dimensional, Oriental, Oriental
It was last modified on: 2004-09-15
 Author: Moshe  Rapaport.. Links to different programs that play Shogi.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Fergus Duniho wrote on 2021-07-13 UTC

I will delete this link page instead of linking to the Internet Archive, because it is mostly links and copies of articles from other sources. For anyone interested, it can be found here on the Internet Archive:

https://web.archive.org/web/20081102152021/http://www.hawaii.edu/geog_mr/shogi.html


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Fergus Duniho wrote on 2021-07-13 UTC

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