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It was last modified on: 2020-06-04
 By Daphne  Snowmoon. Citadelir chess. (Updated!) Grand chess + Tamerlane chess.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Ben Reiniger wrote on 2020-06-03 UTC

I get that the Templar is a knight plus captureless-ox, but the other pieces that move like a "Templar but not as an Ox" should instead just say they move like a knight or <whatever>; I think that would be substantially clearer.

The Giraffe's description wasn't clear to me, but the movement diagram mostly fixes that.  But, is the Giraffe blocked by a piece diagonally adjacent?


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 By Daphne  Snowmoon. 웅희(熊戱. Unghui). (Updated!) It is called 중장기(Middle Janggi). this game is stemed from 장기(Janggi the Korean chess).[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Ben Reiniger wrote on 2020-06-03 UTC

I think the earlier reference to "suicide" meant leaving/exposing your king to check while also putting your opponent into check; taking the "endgame" (tiebreaker) rule that check must be relieved by taking the checking piece (not by moving the royal or interposing) as more important than not allowing your own royal to be in check provides the conundrum Daphne posed.  But I don't think that order of importance is natural, as long as check works here as in Chess; in that case, that extra clause doesn't seem necessary.

The formatting on the page would benefit from some cleaning, using headers and html lists.  You can use the WYSIWYG mode of the editor (click the Source button) if you're not familiar with html.

I don't understand the setup phase.  Especially:

 In another setting, there is a setting that place chariot at c-k file, not at a-m file. but c-k file chariot setting player must place the two horses on the left or right of chariot. and then set the rhino and bear at empty places.

Another setting?  Is this an optional rule?

 Yang place the pieces first, and Yin does it next. When their setting ends, Yang cannot change his setting, but Yin can change his setting.

For how long can Yin change their setting?  (Why can they change it?)

 

The Summoned pawns are placed in order from liberty to end of move.

In a few places you use the word "liberty" in a way I don't understand.  What does this mean?  Afterwards, you discuss metamorphosis allowing the summoned pawns making some captures, but only the last pawn?

 

In the endgame draw by lack of material, the tiebreaker is piece count.  You mention off-board pieces "that you can summon," but that's not entirely clear to me.  Are captured pieces not summonable?  Do you just get to count a bear as three pieces (pawns) instead?  I think the discussion of counting combined pieces is confusing; from the subsequent list, you just count the individual pieces.


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 By Ceazar Ryan  Mateo. MadShark Chess. mad shark chess, seirawan chess expansion, sharks in chess.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Ben Reiniger wrote on 2020-06-03 UTC

Content is now here, but images are externally hosted; please use the link near the bottom of the page to upload the graphics to our server.

To clarify, this is Seirawan with an additional amazon to drop, and relaxed dropping rules?


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 By Gary K. Gifford. Odin's Rune Chess. A game inspired by Carl Jung's concept of synchronicity, runes, and Nordic Mythology. (10x10, Cells: 100) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Ben Reiniger wrote on 2020-05-29 UTC

I don't understand the phrase "Draws are possible; stalemates are not."  But in the addendum, point 3 is pretty clear:  

If you cannot make a move during your turn, you lose.

So the Vf1xf7 move H.G. brings up is actually a winning move.


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Omega Chess. Rules for commercial chess variant on board with 104 squares. (12x12, Cells: 104) (Recognized!)[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Ben Reiniger wrote on 2020-05-26 UTC

and if you'll allow the humble 8x8, you can test out that endgame:
https://www.chessvariants.com/membergraphics/MSinteractive-diagrams/EGT.html?betza=WAD&name=Champion&img=champion
(I really like this thing; thanks H.G.!)

I noticed that the Champion's Piececlopedia page has an incorrect diagram (due to the new marker code).  I'll fix that and add a link to the 8x8 checkmating practice after work today.


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 By Simon Edward Jepps. Phantom. Classical Chess featuring an invisible Phantom piece.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Ben Reiniger wrote on 2020-05-22 UTC

While I don't get the author information block displayed on this page, I assume (based on the link on my own page and the itemID of this page) that the link is 
https://www.chessvariants.com/index/managefiles.php?itemid=MSphantom
which gives me the error:

The directory  /membergraphics/MSphantom/  does not exist.

Trying to navigate directly to the folder also fails.


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 Author: Sergey  Sirotkin and Fergus  Duniho. Man. Moves like a Ferz or Wazir -- a nonroyal King (also called the Man).[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Ben Reiniger wrote on 2020-05-18 UTC

@Fergus, sorry, I looked up the recent thread but went to the old glossary anyway.  The newer one is more general and matches the use here, but I'd still suggest to remove the Vocabulary sections of the Piececlopedia in favor of links to the glossary.

@H.G., thanks, I'll add the board size comment later today.  (I just noticed you already brought up this complication almost a year and a half ago!)  Can the checkmating applet extend to accept a board size (as a URI query parameter)?  Is 14x14 or 15x15 too large to generate the endgame table in an online setting?


Ben Reiniger wrote on 2020-05-18 UTC

I've added the checkmating potential note to this page.

I wanted to call out that the "vocabulary" section here seems to disagree with our current definition of adjacent in the glossary, when referring to hexagonal variants.  I think such sections in the Piececlopedia should generally be replaced to a link to the glossary, but we should consider whether we like the glossary definition of "adjacent" for hexagonal boards.


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 By Francesco  Fonseca. Saisho Shogi. Game with one dice-shaped shared piece.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Ben Reiniger wrote on 2020-05-17 UTC

I did not understand it from the text on this page, but reading the linked description of Bushi Shogi, I think I now understand it.  I don't think the cannons actually play any role, except to denote the two sides.  A sample game on this page would be helpful.

It would be very hard to call this a chess variant, or even a shogi variant, IMO.


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 By Zbigniew  Kokosiński. Diagonal chess (well balanced). (Updated!) Diagonal chess with 7 fortified pawns.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Ben Reiniger wrote on 2020-05-12 UTC

The page is no longer empty, but the images are external, and do not work.  (The links do work, interestingly.)

I see you've also included some attempts at local image inclusion, but they point to nonexistant files here.  I've edited the first one to point to the location I would expect your images to be hosted (@Fergus, is this documented somewhere for users?), but I don't find any files there either; have you uploaded any images yet (there's a link near the bottom of the page when you are logged in)?


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 By wdtr2. FrogsAndPrincess. (Updated!) Based on Princess and the Frog Story.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Ben Reiniger wrote on 2020-05-12 UTC

Would you like this published?  From the single game log, it sounds like you aren't quite happy with it yet?


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 Author: Fergus  Duniho. Who is Behind the Chess Variant Pages?. The editors, past editors, contributors, and inventors behind this site.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Ben Reiniger wrote on 2020-05-02 UTC

Welcome, Zied and Ola!


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 By Gvndly. Chess Poker. Like poker, but players are dealt a hand of pieces instead of cards.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Ben Reiniger wrote on 2020-04-28 UTC

I agree that this is really very far out on the chess variant spectrum.  I don't think I'd say it's more a poker variant than a chess variant though.  I tend to err on the side of inclusiveness; Greg?

Actually, I think it would be a better game with more poker elements; a matching pair/triple, or flush/straight (but only three cards) should confer some bonus in the chess phase?

And, if the game is to stay, the page needs a fair bit of formatting work.


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 By Anders  Gustafson. Uplifting 3d Chess. (Updated!) Missing description[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Ben Reiniger wrote on 2020-04-26 UTC

@Fergus, the (current) third and fourth paragraphs address the "triagonal" (not using that word), and the Kangaroo appears to be the Raumschach Unicorn.

I'm always interested in a fully-symmetric higher-dimensional game.  Good job getting the kangaroos to cover all four bindings.  I also like the castling, though I'm not sure how useful it is.  The biggest problem in higher-dimensional games, IMO, is the difficulty in checkmating; have you played this to see how that works out?  Also, more a matter of taste, but there's a rather large discrepancy in power of pieces (the unicorn/kangaroo is quite weak; the pawns become more powerful with capturing both diagonally and triagonally upward; I'm not sure what to expect from the knight variants).


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 By Thomas  . Square Attrition Chess. Missing description[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Ben Reiniger wrote on 2020-04-26 UTC

The most obvious difference with Cheshire Cat Chess is when n>1.  But also the elimination of draw rules makes it interesting, IMO.  An insufficient material endgame, for example, becomes a puzzle similar to Joust Chess.

I've added a tag square-removal to track similar games.


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 By Omar  Mahmoud. Harban Chess. A simple Game which attempts to simulate real war by mixing orthodox Chess, shatranj, and crazyhouse.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Ben Reiniger wrote on 2020-04-24 UTC

Since the "knight" is an ordinary chess piece, replacing its move may be confusing, especially since its new movement is an existing piece that's reasonably well-known among variantists: alfil.

Similarly but to a lesser extent, the "camel" is a common name for a (3,1) leaper, and its new movement is commonly known as dabbabah.

More seriously, I don't understand how the elephant attacks.  I don't understand how/when trades occur, nor how/where drops can occur.  A diagram for the setup, especially if you use piece images different from the standard, would be helpful.


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 By V.  Reinhart. Chess on an Infinite Plane (hidden). Chess game with no boundaries (infinite board), and Guard, Chancellor, and Hawk.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Ben Reiniger wrote on 2020-04-22 UTC

@fergus, this page is just a copy of https://www.chessvariants.com/rules/chess-on-an-infinite-plane with different graphics.  (Although now I see that that page has some issues with characters as well.)


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 Author: Jeremy Gabriel Good and Armin  Liebhart. Inventor: Shigenobu  Kusumo. Minishogi. (Updated!) A Minishogi association has existed, and may still exist, in Osaka.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Ben Reiniger wrote on 2020-03-30 UTC

When I click the button, it also displays the old graphics and the message that rules are not enforced; however, when I enter the URL directly or click on Move, it brings up the new rules-enforcing settings.  Another weird cache effect?


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 Author: KelvinFox. Inventor: Ralph  Betza. Bishop-Nightrider compound. (Updated!) Piece that moves like bishop or nightrider.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Ben Reiniger wrote on 2020-03-11 UTC

I've made a few grammatical and layout edits, and Reviewed the page.  For now it is a Piece article, pending Fergus's review for the Piececlopedia.  I listed Betza as the inventor.


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 By Stuart  Ralph. Linear Pursuit. Each player has a King/Queen, 2 Bishops, 2 Knights, 2 Rooks and 7 Pawns which are positioned on the circumference of a circle.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Ben Reiniger wrote on 2020-02-21 UTC

This really needs a picture of the board to be understood, I imagine.


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 By Daniel  Zacharias. Expanded Chess. (Updated!) An attempt at a logical expansion of Chess to a 10x10 board.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Ben Reiniger wrote on 2020-02-18 UTC

In the intervening time, we've had submissions from strong community members who do not have their real names displayed on these pages.  I (and I think we?) still have a slight preference for real names, for the encyclopedic nature of the site, but there are many sites now where site-famous people are later referred to as "user xyz of site abc," so maybe it's fine.

Another thing that changed in the time since your submission: the Diagram Designer.  The use of a period to denote a dot on the board (for movement diagrams) has been deprecated; you can replace them with a pound symbol (#), or a few other options.


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Ben Reiniger wrote on 2020-02-13 UTC

...and the overzealous use of caching seems to be the browser, not our site.  I don't know what changed, or if there's an easy thing for us to do to override that browser behavior.  (On some pages we've been appending dummy unique ids as part of the query in URLs, which fixes the caching but is not ideal.)


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 Author: Fergus  Duniho. Sign in to the Chess Variant Pages. Missing description[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Ben Reiniger wrote on 2020-02-05 UTC

Thanks for following up.  I checked with Firefox (v66), removing cookies and then logging in, and didn't have a problem.  The cookie whose presence determines that message (I think) is cvpuser, which ought to get populated when you first try to log in.  Is that one of the five that got stored for you?


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 Author: Hans L. Bodlaender. History of the Chess Variant pages. Missing description[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Ben Reiniger wrote on 2020-02-04 UTCExcellent ★★★★★

Happy 25th anniversary, Chess Variant Pages!


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 Author: Sergey  Sirotkin. Raven. Can move as a Rook or a Nightrider.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Ben Reiniger wrote on 2020-02-04 UTC

@KelvinFox, for a Piececlopedia article (and useful advice even for ordinary Piece articles), see
https://www.chessvariants.com/piececlopedia.dir/guidelines.html

You can use the Post Your Own Game scripts, using only the Introduction field, to have a more flexible header system.  (When the fields other than Introduction are empty, the headers are suppressed, and you can include your own.)  You can't select Piece or Piececlopedia, but we (the editors) can change that after.  (But if you want to put it in the Piececlopedia, you'll need to ask Fergus whether he'd prefer/insist on a static html file instead of script submission.)


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