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It was last modified on: 2020-09-10
 By Omega  Fallon. Copycat chess. Variant centered around piece which copy, and also a cat is there.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Ben Reiniger wrote on 2020-09-15 UTC

This also needs an opening setup diagram. You could try it with the Diagram Designer if you'd like.


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It was last modified on: 2020-09-08
 By Tomasz  Sobczyk. Tax Chess. King mobility affected by the placement of pawns of the same color.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Ben Reiniger wrote on 2020-09-15 UTC

This is interesting. I'd like a more descriptive name for the variant, but I don't have one to suggest right now...


This item is a game information page
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It was last modified on: 2020-06-07
 By Daphne  Snowmoon. Citadelir chess. Grand chess + Tamerlane chess + Omega Chess.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Ben Reiniger wrote on 2020-08-18 UTC

The board graphic has two wizards behind the royals, while the ASCII board has two revealers.


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 Author: Fergus  Duniho. Home page of The Chess Variant Pages. Missing description[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Ben Reiniger wrote on 2020-08-18 UTC

I would also like to have descriptions changed for the following pages...

done.


This item is a game information page
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It was last modified on: 2020-08-16
 By H. G.  Muller. A Wizard for GAME-Code Generation. A tutorial on using the Play-Test Applet for automating Game Courier presets.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Ben Reiniger wrote on 2020-08-17 UTC

So there is an item ID, a summary and a description. The item ID determines the URL (and I will never repeat the mistake to make that very long!).

Right so far.

The index will list item ID + description, the comment headers will list summary + description. Apparently summary and description are set to the same text when first submitting a new article? It is the summary that can be controlled by the author through the 'Edit index information', as 'Item name'.

I don't think this is right.

The Summary is also called the Item Name, and the latter name is perhaps clearer. The Description is a one-sentence(ish) blurb. The ItemID is a unique permanent identifier, which the URL is also based on. Then there are Index Entries, with a Link Text and Link Description; these are used on search pages (except What's New, which has its own description), and the header on comment threads use the Item Name and the Link Description (???).

When you first submit a page, you provide an Item Name and a Description. An ItemID is created based on that Item Name (generally with a prefix MS, MP, etc. and with spaces replaced with hyphens, etc.). The ItemID is meant to be a permanent unique id, and the URL for the page is based on this ID as well.

The Description that you provide when you first submit a page just populates the initial Index Entry, together with the Item Name. Most pages will only ever have this one Index Entry, but you can have more; see in particular the Piececlopedia, where a piece with multiple common names is given and Index Entry for each name, for ease of discovery. (We also distinguish "Primary" index entries, and the query can filter down to only those primary entries if you don't want the duplicates.)

You can update the Item Name. This will not update the ItemID nor URL (because those are meant to be permanent), so these can diverge. Also, changing the Item Name doesn't update the Index Entry, which might be a little confusing. I think users can't add index entries (perhaps to prevent exploiting them for greater visibility), but updating them may be made available.


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 Author: Fergus  Duniho. Home page of The Chess Variant Pages. Missing description[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Ben Reiniger wrote on 2020-07-23 UTC

Done.

I don't remember the What's New and Description ever being the same...? The What's New is generally not a good description of the page, just pointing out what has changed on the page ("added example" or "modified endgame conditions", for example).

As to why Descriptions historically haven't been easy to edit I can't say, but Fergus seems to have recently expressed interest in changing that.


This item is a Zillions-of-Games file
It belongs to categories: Orthodox chess, 
It was last modified on: 2020-07-12
 By Tim  O'Lena. 3D Arimaa. 3D Arimaa - Arimaa meets Raumschach.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Ben Reiniger wrote on 2020-07-23 UTC

This looks pretty neat! Unfortunately I don't have Zillions to play the implementation; any other editors have it want to have a go before reviewing?


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 Author: Fergus  Duniho. Home page of The Chess Variant Pages. Missing description[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Ben Reiniger wrote on 2020-07-23 UTC

The Description field is distinct from What's New; the two are displayed on different index listing pages. The Description is only available to set when you first submit (for now); if you want to change it, let an editor know.


Ben Reiniger wrote on 2020-07-12 UTC

Please see the thread "The new editcomment.php script" for discussions around the comment input form.


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Ben Reiniger wrote on 2020-07-10 UTC

The display width of my netbook is 1366px. After the left column ad, the article block is only 998px.


Ben Reiniger wrote on 2020-07-10 UTC

The Subject entry box is wider than my screen. When I press Preview, make some changes, and press Preview again, the preview is empty. (This was before logging in, if that matters.) There's an Edit and View (and [*]) link on the preview that doesn't work (and probably shouldn't be there). When I draft a message and then try to log in, I get an error along the lines of "You must be logged in as the original author to edit a comment" (this was after Preview, in case that matters).

We should add

  1. a link to a markdown guide; since Parsedown uses github-flavored markdown, maybe https://guides.github.com/features/mastering-markdown/ ?
  2. possibly a short list of common markdown?

bold emph emph, emph

header

header2


This item is a game information page
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It was last modified on: 2020-05-12
 By Zbigniew  Kokosiński. Diagonal chess (well balanced). Diagonal chess with 7 fortified pawns.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Ben Reiniger wrote on 2020-07-03 UTC

Ah, so I was wrong about the promotion zone!  Glad to have that clarified!


This item is a game information page
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It was last modified on: 2020-04-21
 By Daniel  Zacharias. Expanded Chess. An attempt at a logical expansion of Chess to a 10x10 board.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Ben Reiniger wrote on 2020-07-03 UTC

I'd guess it's seeing a 2-leap followed by a bishop move inward as legal?  And that doesn't matter for the Aanca because those same squares can be reached legitimately by a shorter path.


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New Submissions for Review. A listing of all submissions still awaiting editorial approval.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Ben Reiniger wrote on 2020-06-30 UTC

I fixed a bug on this page: the query ordered by CreationDate but tried to group for display based on ModifiedDate; I think here having the query order by ModifiedDate makes more sense.  However, there are a handful of pages here with ModifiedDate=0000-00-00, which get tacked on at the end.

@Fergus, I'm not sure what causes a page will have this degenerate ModifiedDate?  Even your test page that has revisions in the table suffers that affliction.


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 By Zbigniew  Kokosiński. Diagonal chess (well balanced). Diagonal chess with 7 fortified pawns.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Ben Reiniger wrote on 2020-06-30 UTC

The pawn promotion zone isn't entirely clear, but I suppose it's the four squares on the mentioned diagonal e8-h5 together with (when a pawn captures diagonally due N) the diagonal f8-h6?

I'd suggest moving the "motivational" setup to the notes.  Having it in the introduction, at first read I thought that was your game!


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 Author: Fergus  Duniho. Home page of The Chess Variant Pages. Missing description[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Ben Reiniger wrote on 2020-06-24 UTC

@H.G.,

The "missing description" refers to the "Short description" in the first page of the member submission process.  That field is not available (at present) from the edit index information page (either authors' or editors'); instead the "What's new" field is available.  Editors can edit that field through the edit links page, so for now you can just request the change.


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It was last modified on: 2018-08-13
New Submissions for Review. A listing of all submissions still awaiting editorial approval.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Ben Reiniger wrote on 2020-06-23 UTC

Very nice!  I was considering attempting this, but using diffs instead of saving the entire revision (but with the final, and perhaps various intermediate versions, saved in full so that lots of diffs wouldn't need to be processed to display a page).  That might be something to still try, if the size of the revisions table is a concern.

I can't see revision counts from any of the Edit links that I know about (but can in this New Submissions list), nor a link to the revisions.php script.  The editor-use Edit page has text concerning revisions, but the link doesn't work, and the author-use Edit page hasn't been changed recently.

 

And a separate issue (for editors): does loading the Edit Index Information (for editors) page take a long time to load the inventor/author dropdowns for anyone else?  If so, I'd like to move those into a new script, so that categorization, primary/secondary links, etc. and approval can be done more quickly.


This item is a game information page
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It was last modified on: 2020-06-07
 By Daphne  Snowmoon. Citadelir chess. Grand chess + Tamerlane chess + Omega 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?


This item is a game information page
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It was last modified on: 2020-05-29
 By Daphne  Snowmoon. 웅희(熊戱. Unghui). 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.


This item is a game information page
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It was last modified on: 0000-00-00
 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?


This item is a game information page
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It was last modified on: 2005-05-01
 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.


This item is a game information page
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It was last modified on: 1999-05-08
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.


This item is a game information page
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It was last modified on: 2020-04-30
 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.


This item is a piececlopedia entry
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It was last modified on: 2012-04-01
 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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