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James Zuercher wrote on 2020-08-01 UTC

I have seen comments that indicate the alfaerie chess pieces are available in SVG format, but I cannot find a download for them. Can you please post a download url for these pieces. I am especially interested in the archbishop and chancellor compound pieces.


ChessVA computer program
. Program for playing numerous Chess variants against your PC.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
James Zuercher wrote on 2020-01-25 UTC
Greg: I've installed ChessV 2.2 on my Windows 10 computer. When I execute it through either the executable or through the generated icons It seems to start, but never comes up. Has anyone else had this problem. I have not tried compiling the sources yet. Is that a logical next step. NOTE: I uninstalled the older version and re-installed V2.2 and now it works fine. Sorry for the comment.

Frog chess[Subject Thread] [Add Response]
James Zuercher wrote on 2019-11-14 UTC

How does Frog Chess compare with normal chess and Capablanca chess in terms of percent draws?


Piece Values on 8x10 Board[Subject Thread] [Add Response]
James Zuercher wrote on 2018-12-10 UTC
Have the piece values on an 8x10 board been determined for the following variant pieces? Dragon Horse, Dragon King, Crowned Rook, or Gnu. If so what are these values and how were they determined?

Draws[Subject Thread] [Add Response]
James Zuercher wrote on 2018-11-16 UTC
Does FisherRandomChess (Chess960) produce fewer draws than regular Chess when opponents are about equal in strength? How about Capablanca Chess?

CRC[Subject Thread] [Add Response]
James Zuercher wrote on 2018-10-31 UTC
I propose that Capablanca Random Chess be left exactly as the inventor described and a new variant be developed. For a name I suggest Capablanca Shuffle Chess (CFC). This variant would have the initial placement of the pieces randomly placed. No requirement for all the pawns to be protected, bishops could start side by side, the queen and archbishop could also start side by side. Initial king position, rook positions, and castling as in Capablance Random Chess. Any comments or suggestions?

James Zuercher wrote on 2018-10-30 UTC
Capablanca Random Chess was supposed to be a mix of Capablanca Chess and FisherRandomChess. However neither of these variants required all pawns to be protected. Also FRC did not require that Bishops not be adjacent. If this adjacency rule is not used then logically the rule that Queen and Archbishop not be adjacent would not be applicable. If a CRC game changes the rules from the original inventors rules does the name need to be changed out of respect for the inventor and for consistency? There is a game called Modern Capablanca Random Chess where the black pieces are placed in an inverted order compared to the white pieces.

James Zuercher wrote on 2018-10-29 UTC
H.G. Muller: Thanks, I did not think of looking at Winboard. This is what I wanted. However, if you know of an engine that plays CRC I would also like to know about that.

James Zuercher wrote on 2018-10-28 UTC

I would like to eventually include Capablanca Random Chess in my PR_Chess engine.  I am looking for some

software that determines the starting positions.


James Zuercher wrote on 2018-10-28 UTC

Is there a chess engine that plays Capablanca Random Chess?  (SMIRF link is broken).


PantherChess. Variant of Capablanca Chess with two Panthers per side replacing the Archbishop and Chancellor.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
James Zuercher wrote on 2018-05-07 UTC
Greg's scout (in Hubbord) has the ability to move as a knight on it's first move. The Panther does not have this ability. However, I did find that the War Machine has the moves of the Panther. I did not find this when I searched before naming the Panther. Should I now look for another name?

Unable to upload graphics file. [Subject Thread] [Add Response]
James Zuercher wrote on 2018-05-06 UTC
I get the following message: You must specify a contributor User ID. Please press the 'Back' button and enter your user id. I entered my MemberID and password. Also entered the file to be uploaded. James Zuercher.

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