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This item is a miscellaneous item
It belongs to categories: Orthodox chess, 
It was last modified on: 2012-03-18
 Author: Fergus  Duniho. Sign in to the Chess Variant Pages. Missing description[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Ben Reiniger wrote on 2019-04-22 UTC

@softburritoz: Your personal information page has you registered 4/19, but your comment dated 4/18.  Does that mean your problem is resolved (or maybe the dates are relative to different time zones)?

We've had some difficulties getting emails sent to certain domains in the past; have you checked your spam box?


This item is a miscellaneous item
It belongs to categories: Orthodox chess, 
It was last modified on: 2015-12-11
 Author: Fergus  Duniho. Home page of The Chess Variant Pages. Missing description[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Ben Reiniger wrote on 2019-04-12 UTC

@sxg: Oh no!  I wasn't aware of any such problem, but I also don't know how to look into such local connection issues.  (We were down for about a week a little while ago, but nowhere near the months you're reporting.)

@wody: Many of our Piece articles describe many pieces, and our single-piece Piececlopedia articles are few enough that a random link doesn't seem useful.  But I have been wanting to expand on our piece decscriptions, including some new database tables; if and when I get around to that such a random link would be nice, and I'll be sure to add that.


This item is a game information page
It belongs to categories: Orthodox chess, 
It was last modified on: 2002-05-28
 By Ralph  Betza. Chess with Different Armies. Betza's classic variant where white and black play with different sets of pieces. (Recognized!)[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Ben Reiniger wrote on 2019-04-11 UTC

Neat!

Checkmating with the Dragon fly

Play with the Wyvern (The checkmating applet doesn't seem to like the jumping sideways rook component, putting the black king in check by that move.)


This item is a game information page
It belongs to categories: Orthodox chess, 
It was last modified on: 0000-00-00
 Author: Mikk  . Inventor: Shimpei  Sato. Onitama. Cards decide how pieces move, perfect information with no chance beyond setup.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Ben Reiniger wrote on 2019-03-11 UTC

That's just the default behavior for a new submission, since most user-submitted pages are their own inventions.  I've updated the information.  Thanks!


This item is a reference work
It belongs to categories: Orthodox chess, 
It was last modified on: 2002-09-23
 Author: Arnaldo Rodrigues D'Almeida. Hexagonal Chess Notation. Article discussing Hexagonal Chess notation.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Ben Reiniger wrote on 2019-02-20 UTC

@Kevin:

The icon for page types correspond to the Item Type (see the query forms to get a list of them).  The submission form doesn't currently give you all those choices, but an editor can change the page Type later.  I could look into adding other Types to the scripts; the main issue is whether the page layout and database information would need to be highly customized for any of them.

That reminds me, you posted earlier about pages' item Types and I forgot to respond.  Unlike game Categories, a page can only have one Type, so sometimes we just have to pick the subjective best fit.

The "New" and "Updated" icons are generated automatically, when the content's creation date or modification date are relatively recent.  (But the rest of your comment makes me think you meant something else, that I don't understand?)

 

It wouldn't take long to compile the list of image icons and their associated Types.  On the other hand, some of the Types are so infrequently used, and possibly are better off being deprecated.  There are other oddities of the site, arising throughout our history (like pages with multiple games, and attempts to index each game therein) that would be difficult to remedy but should probably remain obscure.


This item is a miscellaneous item
It belongs to categories: Orthodox chess, 
It was last modified on: 2015-12-11
 Author: Fergus  Duniho. Home page of The Chess Variant Pages. Missing description[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Ben Reiniger wrote on 2019-02-01 UTC

From how long ago do you mean?  What pages/items do you have a hard time finding?  What is going wrong with GC?  "Alfaerie: Many" is still around.  (I'm less likely to be able to help with GC issues...)


This item is a game information page
It belongs to categories: Orthodox chess, 
It was last modified on: 2018-09-03
 Author: KelvinFox. Inventor: George  Dekle. Masonic Chess. Game played on a Masonic tile board.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Ben Reiniger wrote on 2019-01-29 UTC

Inventor changed.

I've unhidden, but the movements need to be made clearer.  At first, I thought this was just a different visualization of hexagonal chess; but the game is included in the Classified Encyclopedia, apparently with different bishop and knight movements.


UPDATED! This item is a contest or tournament
It belongs to categories: Orthodox chess, 
It was last modified on: 2019-02-16
 By Greg  Strong. Game Courier Tournament 2019. (Updated!) Chess Variant Tournament to be played on Game Courier.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Ben Reiniger wrote on 2019-01-25 UTC

might be able to play...

Since I cannot imagine anyone actually voting to play TessChess, maybe I'll put forward Tim's 3D Chess; it's 3D, so may tempt folks to try other 3+ dim games like Tess, it's not 4D itself, and it's a little slicker IMO than Raumschach with the two kings.  I should be able to adapt my Raumschach rules-enforcing preset for this, if someone can help me figure out how the two royal pieces should be done.  [If not, maybe I'll just pick another from my Favorites or Recognized.]

@Aurelian, the list of games is on this page we're commenting on.
I think if both players miss an illegal move, then that's still "fair"; however, it sounds like there are several people ready to work on rule enforcement on presets, so hopefully this will be moot anyway.


UPDATED! This item is a game information page
It belongs to categories: Orthodox chess, 
It was last modified on: 2019-03-08
 By Adam  DeWitt. Hectochess. (Updated!) 10x10 variant that can be played with 2 mismatched Chess sets.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Ben Reiniger wrote on 2019-01-14 UTC

John, please feel free to email me with any questions about the submission process.  I'd be happy to help you, and even happier to know of any pain points we might be able to simplify.


This item is a game information page
It belongs to categories: Orthodox chess, 
It was last modified on: 2019-01-12
 By wdtr2. Shako_Balbo. Game with Diamond Shape Board.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Ben Reiniger wrote on 2019-01-12 UTC

While it's easy enough to guess your intention by looking at the Shako and Balbo pages, this page should mention the powers of the elephant and cannon, pawn starts and promotions.  (I guess castling is pretty obviously out.)


This item is a game information page
It belongs to categories: Orthodox chess, 
It was last modified on: 2019-01-11
 By Adam  DeWitt. Yangsi. A very playable chess variant with 12 different pieces on a 10x10 board.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Ben Reiniger wrote on 2019-01-09 UTC

I don't see the "either side can move first" as being particularly noteworthy.  You've eliminated the white/black advantage, but the first/second player advantage isn't changed.

Personally, this seems to just be a decimal subvariant of Fergus's Gross Chess; the rule adjustments seem to just be conforming to the smaller board.  The further piece reduction to your other game (in particular using the Leo in place of the Pao and Vao) seems a more separate variant (while still clearly inspired by Gross, with the compounds and Omega pieces and hopper[s]).


UPDATED! This item is a game information page
It belongs to categories: Orthodox chess, 
It was last modified on: 2019-03-08
 By Adam  DeWitt. Hectochess. (Updated!) 10x10 variant that can be played with 2 mismatched Chess sets.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Ben Reiniger wrote on 2019-01-09 UTC

I agree with Greg.  Since this is derived from your Yangsi, maybe the name could reference that.  "DeWitt's Decimal" would work, but it seems like you like your other decimal game better.

You needn't bother moving the content to another page just for the naming.  Since the page is pretty young, we can modify the relevant references without too much trouble.


This item is one or more fairy chess problems
It belongs to categories: Orthodox chess, 
It was last modified on: 2018-12-23
 By H. G.  Muller. Checkmating Applet. Practice your checkmating skill with fairy pieces.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Ben Reiniger wrote on 2018-12-24 UTC

(Further comments, made during the creation of this tool, can be found in this Subject thread.)

The BN piececlopedia page now has a blurb (in the Notes section) as suggested by H.G., passing the appropriate information to the limited EGT page.  If it looks and works fine, I will try to include similar links in the other Piececlopedia pages.

I currently have this page set as a Piececlopedia page, but that seems somehow unsatisfactory.  It strikes me as best categorized as Reference or Problem/puzzle/1-player, but those are not highly publicized.  Maybe the link from the minimal tool (from Piececlopedia pages) is enough?  Or perhaps a direct link from Topic Index is warranted?


Checkmating Applet[Subject Thread] [Add Response]
Ben Reiniger wrote on 2018-12-24 UTC

Re: earlier points, see the applet's page.

On the other note:

While doing this it turned out the form for editing a submission has a pretty bad bug: in the first draft I had forgotten to adapt some links, and it included a header that turned out redundant. But when I try to edit, the edit window initializes each time with the first version I submitted, reverting all the changes I made in previous edit sessions, I then have to redo all these, and not forget a single one, or I would be back to square a1...

I played around with this for a little bit, and I think it's your browser caching the old submission data.  Refreshing the page fixed the problem for me.  (We could add a dummy variable to the end of the url as Fergus did for the Random Game menu link, but that might cause worse issues for using the browser's back button when submission fails e.g. because of being logged out?)


Ben Reiniger wrote on 2018-12-23 UTC

That was my understanding of how Fergus reworked the upload script.  I've put such a placeholder file there, so we'll see soon whether that's right.

I could see the checkmating applet fitting in its own page.  If nothing else, that'd be a little more convenient for linking to, and would give it its own index entry for comments.

(And, a little hack for more flexible formatting: if the Introduction section is the only non-empty one in a member submission, the header is suppressed, and you can use your own html headers directly.)


Ben Reiniger wrote on 2018-12-23 UTC

Would it be better to work in as something you can edit directly later?  IIRC, the way your interactive diagrams are hosted through a post-your-own-page attachment?  I think we can reindex correctly; I'll look into that later, but want to throw the idea out now in case you see another problem with it.


Ben Reiniger wrote on 2018-12-19 UTC

That's all pretty much how I was thinking of how to implement it too.  Since the Piececlopedia is fairly small, I'm inclined to just edit by hand.

I've been wanting to database-ify some Piece information; maybe linking to the applet page with piece Betza notation, drawn from such a table, would be a good starting point.


This item is a play-by-email page
It belongs to categories: Orthodox chess, 
It was last modified on: 2018-11-25
 By Kevin  Pacey. Compound Chess. Chess on a 10x8 board with Sergeant pawns & armies of compound pieces.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Ben Reiniger wrote on 2018-12-19 UTC

Ah, I must have missed/forgot about that.  Anyway, it's good to have the answer in this comment thread.

Having a Game page is certainly optimal (for Game page queries, for Favorites, etc.), but I don't mind these hanging GC link pages short-term.  I hadn't noticed the actual presets having the pieces' movements given, so that's enough for now.

Having these pages might help someone notice that the name exists; but if they search only for Game pages or don't do any searching, they may still submit a Game page with the same name as your game, blocking you from doing the same later...


Ben Reiniger wrote on 2018-12-19 UTC

That depends on the meta-information you provide when you submit the game.  I think I've fixed them both.  (This game was listed as 8x10, but with 96 cells, and WAD Chess was listed as 8x8.  I added both to the Large category.)

You should address Aurelian's question, here and on the rest of your batch of preset submissions.  (I added such links to one of your submissions and approved it, before another editor approved the rest.  You may want to consider creating Game pages for them, unless they are still in testing?)


Checkmating Applet[Subject Thread] [Add Response]
Ben Reiniger wrote on 2018-12-17 UTC

Initial thoughts (mostly the ones I had but didn't post a couple of months ago; sorry):

I like the tool a lot; thanks for creating and sharing.  For individual piece(clopedia) pages, I wonder whether something static would be better.  I think the whole table is a lot more in-depth than many of our piece pages, so maybe a summarized version (if necessary for a couple of board sizes?) would be a better fit for those.  (On that note though, I have at various times wanted to expand on and standardize piece(clopedia) pages...)  I think the entire tool itself would work well as its own page, maybe listed as Primary (so displayed at the top of searches) in the Piece(clopedia) page type?


This item is a game information page
It belongs to categories: Orthodox chess, 
It was last modified on: 2017-12-02
 By Kevin  Pacey. Hannibal Chess. Chess with added Modern Elephants (ferz-alfil compound) on 10x8 board.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Ben Reiniger wrote on 2018-12-17 UTC

Re: modest variants:

The "official" definition is here:
https://www.chessvariants.com/other.dir/modest.html

But I think the term is often used more flexibly outside of our category system, where it is also useful as a (subjective) measure of distance-from-chess.


This item is a game information page
It belongs to categories: Orthodox chess, 
It was last modified on: 2012-01-21
 Author: Hans L. Bodlaender. Inventor: David  Sirlin. Chess 2. Different armies, a new winning condition, and duels. (8x8, Cells: 64) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Ben Reiniger wrote on 2018-11-19 UTC

Sorry for the confusion.  That page is under the "Related Pages" menu, but maybe the different name muddies things.  I'll try to add a link to the page contents when I get home.

I've also reformatted your comments to visually separate the rulebook quotes from your remarks.


This item is an article on pieces
It belongs to categories: Orthodox chess, 
It was last modified on: 1998-02-03
 By Ben  Good. Crazy 38's: The Knight. Missing description[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Ben Reiniger wrote on 2018-11-14 UTC

The board notation is available elsewhere in the game's pages:  notation page

notation

I agree that the presentation is unclear in this case.  My impression is that the author just used a standard definition for knight, not recognizing the problem caused by the gaps (or assuming the diagram made it clear).


4D chess with Allen Pan and Phisics girl (aka Diana)[Subject Thread] [Add Response]
Ben Reiniger wrote on 2018-11-07 UTC

2:35, he came so close to defining the unicorn ('triagonal' slider), then just kinda went "nah".

8:18, looks like probably the best shot of the starting position.  That one pawn on the backmost rank is odd.  It also looks a little different to me, so maybe it's a replacement queen?

I like the "projected" 3D boards, shrinking as the levels go up, for ease of reaching the pieces inside, though I wonder whether it makes seeing moves harder.


This item is a play-by-email page
It belongs to categories: Orthodox chess, 
It was last modified on: 2018-10-28
 By Gary K. Gifford. Knightmate. Bruce Zimov's game with 2 Non-Royal Kings and one Royal Knight per side.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Ben Reiniger wrote on 2018-10-28 UTC

The given link was the correct path from chessvariants.com.  I've updated it with a clickable link.

The text in the database was actually the full URL, but with the old subdomain style; I guess something about the rewriting of subdomain links got rid of the cv.com prefix?  I've left that plaintext here for testing.


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