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This item is a game information page
It belongs to categories: Orthodox chess, 
It was last modified on: 2006-01-18
 By Roberto  Lavieri. The Travelers. Missing description (9x9, Cells: 81) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Roberto Lavieri wrote on 2010-03-28 UTC
There is a nice implementation of this game and you can download it from this site, but you need to have zillions of games installed on your computer. the zrf plays very decently, I can even say it is moderately strong. The program implementation was not easy, Antoine Fourriere and Larry L. Smith helped me with parts of the code and after the first release I improved the game play of the program with some elaborated tricks. If you have ZOG, try The Travelers, it is a deep, refreshing and magic game. Perhaps it´s not exactly a Chess variant, but at least it´s very close to be.

Roberto Lavieri wrote on 2010-03-28 UTC
Yes, blockers are invisible (and only) for capturing purposes

Roberto Lavieri wrote on 2010-03-15 UTC
No, a Displacer can´t displace more than one piece a turn

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Roberto Lavieri wrote on 2008-07-09 UTC
Chessboxing The basic idea in chessboxing is to combine the #1 thinking sport and the #1 fighting sport into a hybrid that demands the most of its competitors – both mentally and physically. This is becoming a very popular chess variant aroud the world, but I must admit it is a rare variant. In a chessboxing fight two opponents play alternating rounds of chess and boxing. The contest starts with a round of chess, followed by a boxing round, followed by another round of chess and so on. A contest consists of 11 rounds, 6 rounds of chess, 5 rounds of boxing. A round of chess takes 4 minutes. Each competitor has 12 minutes on the chess timer. A round of boxing takes 3 minutes. Between the rounds there is a 1 minute pause, during which competitors change their gear. The contest is decided by: checkmate (chess round), exceeding the time limit (chess round), retirement of an opponent (chess or boxing round), KO (boxing round), or referee decision (boxing round). If the chess game ends in a stalement, the opponent with the higher score in boxing wins. If there is an equal score, the opponent with the black pieces wins. There are some iconic chessboxers in conventional chess world, and perhaps a very good example is the multi-millionary businessman and politic Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, best known as FIDE president and president of the republic of kalmykia, in the Russian Federation.

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Roberto Lavieri wrote on 2008-03-29 UTC
Originally published in Science Express on 19 July 2007 Science 14 September 2007: Vol. 317. no. 5844, pp. 1518 - 1522 DOI: 10.1126/science.1144079 Prev | Table of Contents | Next Research Articles Checkers Is Solved Jonathan Schaeffer,* Neil Burch, Yngvi Björnsson, Akihiro Kishimoto, Martin Müller, Robert Lake, Paul Lu, Steve Sutphen The game of checkers has roughly 500 billion billion possible positions (5 x 1020). The task of solving the game, determining the final result in a game with no mistakes made by either player, is daunting. Since 1989, almost continuously, dozens of computers have been working on solving checkers, applying state-of-the-art artificial intelligence techniques to the proving process. This paper announces that checkers is now solved: Perfect play by both sides leads to a draw. This is the most challenging popular game to be solved to date, roughly one million times as complex as Connect Four. Artificial intelligence technology has been used to generate strong heuristic-based game-playing programs, such as Deep Blue for chess. Solving a game takes this to the next level by replacing the heuristics with perfection. Department of Computing Science, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2E8, Canada. Present address: Department of Computer Science, Reykjavik University, Reykjavik, Kringlan 1, IS-103, Iceland. Present address: Department of Media Architecture, Future University, Hakodate, 116-2 Kamedanakano-cho Hakodate Hokkaido, 041-8655, Japan. * To whom correspondence should be addressed. E-mail: [email protected]

This item is a game information page
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It was last modified on: 2006-01-18
 By Roberto  Lavieri. The Travelers. Missing description (9x9, Cells: 81) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Roberto Lavieri wrote on 2008-01-17 UTC
Well, I´ve been out of scene for a few months, and it is possible I´m not going to be a very frequent visitor of TCVP for a while. Some serious health problems are the main factor (serious, really, but I´m still alive, and I hope so for a long time). There are some other factors, including seeking what is going on now in my country, Venezuela. I have wrote a few e-mails (in response to others sent to me by to G.W.Duke), explaining some aspects of my health and also some aspects of Venezuela´s current proccess, and my point of view about it´s balance, the good and the bad things, from my optics (in figurative sense, my vision is far from good, as some of you know). I am going to come to this pages once in a while, friends, to see what is happening here. Greetings.

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It belongs to categories: Orthodox chess, 
It was last modified on: 2007-02-20
 Author: Fergus  Duniho. Game Courier Tournament #3. Vote for which games should be in the third Game Courier tournament.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Roberto Lavieri wrote on 2006-09-05 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
I´m afraid I can´t play the Tournament, I can´t be a regular player in the next months. Sorry.

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Roberto Lavieri wrote on 2006-09-05 UTC
George, I have deleted the LOG of the game we are playing. Sorry. I´ll explain you by mail.

This item is a computer program
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It was last modified on: 2016-11-21
 Author: Greg  Strong. ChessVThis item is a computer program
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 Author: Greg  Strong.. Missing description[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Roberto Lavieri wrote on 2006-08-29 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
Admirable

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Roberto Lavieri wrote on 2006-08-26 UTC
I think there is enough worldwide interest in Chess 960, and not only at very high levels, so a well organized World Championship should be a possible idea, it is only the need of intrepid sponsors and federative initiatives, and I believe there are also good possibilities for it. Pretty horizon for this variant.

Roberto Lavieri wrote on 2006-08-16 UTC
Man-machine Chess960 exhibition: Svidler played yesterday against the computer world champion Spike, and the result was a draw. Radjabov was beated by Shredder.

Roberto Lavieri wrote on 2006-08-16 UTC
It seems to be correct, Svidler-Aronian goes on 17th., today have been played other programmed games of the classic. I´m not sure how legitimate is this Chess960 world championship, but, officially, nobody has expressed a different opinion, and the presence od Svidler as defending champion is a good indicative.

Roberto Lavieri wrote on 2006-08-15 UTC
Mainz, Germany: In a few minutes, the world chess 960 championship will begin. Also, three other world championships: 1.-Clerical Medical Chess960 World Championship Peter Svidler of Russia faces Levon Aronian of Armenia in an eight-game Chess960 (Fischer Random Chess) 2.-Grenkeleasing Rapid World Champioship World's number two (and rapid chess specialist) Vishy Anand, against 19-year-old Teimour Radjabov of Azerbaijan, number 11 in the world rankings, in a rapid chess match over eight games. Aronian vs Svidler in their Chess960 match in Mainz two years ago 3.-Clerical Medical Chess960 World Championship for women, seniors and juniors These are eight-game Chess960 (Fischer Random) matches between Elisabeth Pähtz and Alexandra Kosteniuk (Women); Vastimil Hort and Lajos Portisch (Seniors) and Pentala Harikrishna and Arkadij Naiditsch (Juniors). Format: eight rounds

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It was last modified on: 1999-03-13
 Author: Hans L. Bodlaender. Inventor: Jean-Louis  Cazaux. Shako. Cannons and elephants are added in variant on 10 by 10 board. (10x10, Cells: 100) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Roberto Lavieri wrote on 2006-08-14 UTCGood ★★★★
I think this games is (perhaps more than FIDE-Chess) very sensitive to openings. You can be quickly in clear disadvantage after some weak opening moves. Some care is needed...

This item is a Zillions-of-Games file
It belongs to categories: Orthodox chess, 
It was last modified on: 2006-08-02
 Author: Antoine  Fourrière. Inventor: Gary K. Gifford. Cannons of Chesstonia ZIP file. Cannons launch a Pawn, Wazir, Ferz and Stone to increase strategical and tactical play.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Roberto Lavieri wrote on 2006-08-05 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
Very good implementation by Antoine. Nice.

This item is a game information page
It belongs to categories: Orthodox chess, 
It was last modified on: 2005-11-15
 Author: Peter  Aronson. Inventor: Peter  Aronson and David  Howe. Rococo. A clear, aggressive Ultima variant on a 10x10 ring board. (10x10, Cells: 100) (Recognized!)[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Roberto Lavieri wrote on 2006-07-23 UTC
I also consider 'NO' for question number 4, although I differ to you in other answers, as you see. Authors have to clarify.

Roberto Lavieri wrote on 2006-07-23 UTC
Well, I am not an author, but I think the answers are: 1.- No. 2.- No. 3.- Yes.

This item is a game information page
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It was last modified on: 2001-11-05
 Author: Hans L. Bodlaender. Inventor: Robert  Abbott. Ultima. Game where each type of piece has a different capturing ability. (8x8, Cells: 64) (Recognized!)[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Roberto Lavieri wrote on 2006-07-22 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
That's a good idea. We need a new Page, what about 'Ultima Tips'-?. A good theoretical developement may need tons of material; some of us are moderately experienced players, but I�m sure we are not big authorities,and a theory developed by us may be biased, somewhat primitive and far from exhaustive and water-proof. I can do something about it time to time, I suppose that other experienced players here can do something too: Matthew, Antoine, some others and, generally, everybody who visit TCVP can give us something interesting...

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Roberto Lavieri wrote on 2006-07-20 UTC
The last post was mine.

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It was last modified on: 2006-04-05
 By Adrian  Alvarez de la Campa. Moderate Progressive Chess. A player may make one more move than his opponent just made. (8x8, Cells: 64) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Roberto Lavieri wrote on 2006-07-18 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
Well, I have tried this game briefly. I have to say it seems better than you can figure at first view. I may be influenced because I always rate good or excellent other progresive variants, but I feel this variant more nice to play.

This item is a game information page
It belongs to categories: Orthodox chess, 
It was last modified on: 2006-07-17
 By Gary K. Gifford. House of Mirrors Chess. Mirrors and reflective pieces add interesting twists to strategy by making pieces appear in 2 or 3 places at the same time. (8x8, Cells: 87) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Roberto Lavieri wrote on 2006-07-18 UTCGood ★★★★
Very interesting!. Being me, I would put more mirrors, but it is fine as is now,

This item is a game information page
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It was last modified on: 2012-02-09
 Author: Hans L. Bodlaender and Fergus  Duniho. Shogi. Missing description (9x9, Cells: 81) (Recognized!)[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Roberto Lavieri wrote on 2006-07-08 UTC
Yes, Mr. Habu is the best Shogi player right now, and he plays Chess 'as hobby'; he has said he has not time to study Chess theory more than the basic things, and he practices Chess very eventually. But he has obtained in the last Tournament his second 'Chess International Master norm'. One more and he is going to be IM, an IM that only plays the game once in a while, without dedication to it. Remarkable, but, undoubtedly, his Shogi experience helps a lot.

This item is a Zillions-of-Games file
It belongs to categories: Orthodox chess, 
It was last modified on: 2006-07-04
 By Namik  Zade. The Final Fight Chess ZIP file. Missing description[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Roberto Lavieri wrote on 2006-07-05 UTC
Seeing the description, I was not able to have a clear idea about the pieces and other details in this game.

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It was last modified on: 2001-01-04
 Author: Alessandro  Castelli. Italian Progressive Chess. White moves once, black two times, white three times, etc. Check is only allowed at last move of series. (8x8, Cells: 64) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Roberto Lavieri wrote on 2006-07-04 UTCGood ★★★★
This game is a classic. It is very difficult to master, due the extreme deepness regardless you can finish a game in very few moves. On purpose of other Italian things, (caugh, caugh), see the sports news.

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Roberto Lavieri wrote on 2006-07-03 UTC
The new FIDE Chess ratings. Anand lost almost 30 points, and Topalov rating grow to 2813!. The boy Magnus Carlsen is now 31th. I mentioned him a few years ago, when nobody knew about him. 1 Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2813 14 1975 2 Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2779 26 1969 3 Aronian, Levon g ARM 2761 21 1982 4 Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2743 9 1975 5 Svidler, Peter g RUS 2742 28 1976 6 Leko, Peter g HUN 2738 0 1979 7 Ivanchuk, Vassily g UKR 2734 39 1969 8 Adams, Michael g ENG 2732 25 1971 9 Morozevich, Alexander g RUS 2731 18 1977 10 Gelfand, Boris g ISR 2729 20 1968 11 Radjabov, Teimour g AZE 2728 20 1987 12 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar g AZE 2722 27 1985 13 Ponomariov, Ruslan g UKR 2721 29 1983 14 Navara, David g CZE 2719 36 1985 15 Shirov, Alexei g ESP 2716 43 1972 16 Akopian, Vladimir g ARM 2713 21 1971 17 Polgar, Judit g HUN 2710 1 1976 18 Grischuk, Alexander g RUS 2709 28 1983 19 Bacrot, Etienne g FRA 2707 32 1983 20 Kamsky, Gata g USA 2697 29 1974 21 Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter g ROM 2696 36 1976 22 Malakhov, Vladimir g RUS 2690 23 1980 23 Georgiev, Kiril g BUL 2685 30 1965 24 Bareev, Evgeny g RUS 2683 26 1966 25 Harikrishna, P. g IND 2682 24 1986 26 Karjakin, Sergey g UKR 2679 22 1990 27 Najer, Evgeniy g RUS 2677 20 1977 28 Short, Nigel D. g ENG 2676 11 1965 29 Sasikiran, Krishnan g IND 2675 31 1981 30 Van Wely, Loek g NED 2675 38 1972 31 Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2675 27 1990

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