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Game Reviews by Abdul-Rahman Sibahi

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Maorider Chess. Maorider and king with unusual recruiting abilities. (8x9, Cells: 72) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Abdul-Rahman Sibahi wrote on 2009-08-22 UTCGood ★★★★

This game looks certainly interesting , (and thanks to Jeremy Good for pointing it out for me.)

What I like about it , tho , is not the pieces selected , or the starting position , but rather the Recruitment rule . It certainly could be a mutator , in the same breath as suicide or atomic (but not necessarily as playable with normal chess , think Recruitment Chess .)

However , I doubt that it will make me return to the Chess Variants pages . Even FICS I am playing every now and then with no real commitment . It is refreshing , however , to see people thinking outside the box again , in a very Betza-like fashion . Keep up the good work .

[I took the liberty of moving the rest of your remarks to a separate thread, hope you don't mind. - JG]


ExCoCo Chess. EXtends and COmbines the COurier variants. (18x12, Cells: 216) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Abdul-Rahman Sibahi wrote on 2007-06-11 UTCGood ★★★★
I like it ! It sounds very fun and very well thought-out.

The only thing I don't like about it is the Elephant. It probably would be better to have the Alibaba instead. (So that the Courier can be a combination of the Guard and the Alibaba as well.)

I would rename the pieces, calling the Alibaba the Courier (which what it is called in Modern Courier Chess,) and the Jumping General (or Squire) for the Current Courier.

In the preset, you might want to tick the 'Exclude pieces not in Setup' box.


One Question : A pawn on the fourth rank, is it entitled to the double-step, as in Wildebeest Chess ?

Prince. 8x8x8 3-D variant with new pieces. (8x8x8, Cells: 512) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Abdul-Rahman Sibahi wrote on 2007-06-04 UTCGood ★★★★
Excellent graphics. I finally got to appreciate the starting position (and I just realized that there's no Prince in the starting setup.)

However, I still don't think this game is playable for humans. Not because of it's complexity, but because of the many piece types.

I made an attempt to simplify this game, a whole lot, to make it more playable and closer to Standard two dimensional Chess. I called it the Tower's Game because it's played on a tower-like board.

Rectahex Chesss. A chess variant that looks like hexagonal chess but can be played on a normal chess board. (8x8, Cells: 64) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Abdul-Rahman Sibahi wrote on 2007-05-28 UTCGood ★★★★
I like this game !!

I have an observation.

If we merge the board rotated to the right with the board rotated to the left, We get Queens for Rooks, Unicorns (BNN) for Bishops, and NJZ (Knight + Camel + Zebra) for Knights, Queen of the Night (BRNN) for Queen.

Sounds like a nice variant.

If we subtract the original pieces movements from Rooks, Knight, and Bishops, we get Bishops for Rooks, Bisons for Knights, Nightriders for Bishops, and Unicorn for Queen.

This makes a nice CwDA army. Don't you think ?

I will post this into a new page, since it is a very different variant.

Desert Pub Chess. A game where Desert Wazirs & Desert Ferz capture by jumping. (8x8, Cells: 64) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Abdul-Rahman Sibahi wrote on 2007-05-13 UTCGood ★★★★
Sounds interesting. I wonder, what if one, or both, of the two princes is a Desert King, so to speak (A combination of the desert Wazir and the desert Ferz.)

Knights could also move like the Chinese Mao, but capturing an enemy piece if it happens to be orthogonally adjacent, and they can capture multiple piece at the same turn.

I would like to try the game as it is here. I'll wait for the preset.

Chess on a Longer Board with a few Pieces Added. On a 10 row by 8 column board, with three new pieces. (8x10, Cells: 80) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Abdul-Rahman Sibahi wrote on 2007-05-05 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
You can add the following unique properties for the Rook and the Bishop:
* The Rook is the only piece that has a special move with the King, and 
* The Bishop is the only colorbound piece.

Cataclysm. Large board game with short-range pieces designed to be dramatic without being overly complicated or dragging on too long. (12x16, Cells: 192) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Abdul-Rahman Sibahi wrote on 2007-05-04 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
I would personally suggest a neater starting position than the one in use. You have 24 pieces, so it would seem natural to stack them in two 12-square ranks.

I'd suggest tilting the board so it's vertical instead of horizontal. You will have 12 files and 16 ranks. If you want 4 ranks between the two camps then pawns will have to start at the 6th rank. This is my suggestion :


 P P P P P P P P P P P P  6
 T T C C E E E E C C T T  5
 . . . . . . . . . . . .  4
 X X X X X X X X X X X X  3
 G R B S D Q K S D B R G  2
 . . . . . . . . . . . .  1
 
 a b c d e f g h i j k l

Or

 P P P P P P P P P P P P  6
 R C C B S D S D B C C R  5
 . . . . . . . . . . . .  4
 X X X X X X X X X X X X  3
 G T T E E Q K E E T T G  2
 . . . . . . . . . . . .  1
 
 a b c d e f g h i j k l


The X's are Berlin Pawns. They have double-step and may be captured en-passant by other Berlin pawns (and/or normal pawns, if you wish.) Normal pawns promotion rules are as stated in the rules, on the 14th, 15th, or 16th rank. Berlin pawns promote at 11th, 12th, or 13th, with the same promotion rules.


The King may castle with Grand Rooks by moving four squares to the right or the left and the Grand Rook move to the square next to the King. Or with Rooks by moving three squares.

Doppleganger Chess. Pieces and their doppelgangers are connected for capture and promotion! (8x8, Cells: 64) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Abdul-Rahman Sibahi wrote on 2007-04-28 UTCGood ★★★★
If the removal of the doppleganger pawn was automatic, (not random,) like choosing the closest piece to the captured piece or choosing the closest to the left hand corner, the game wouldn't necessarily be better, but it would be easier to implement in a chess program or a chess server (you have only to make the move, and the program will take care of the rest.)

Just a thought...

I should try this game someday.

Falcon Chess. Game on an 8x10 board with a new piece: The Falcon. (10x8, Cells: 80) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Abdul-Rahman Sibahi wrote on 2007-04-11 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
an interesting thought, I wonder how the game would play out allowing some mutators? like Suicide, Atomic, Extinction, Alice, Magnetic .. etc ..

I issued an invitation for Suicide Falcon Chess .. just to try it out. I really wonder if there are any lost openings to begin with.

Nearlydouble Wildebeest. A variant with the whole of two identical Wildebeest sets minus the second King. (15x14, Cells: 210) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Abdul-Rahman Sibahi wrote on 2007-03-25 UTCGood ★★★★
My first impression about this game was the Camel's move. I believe if it was augmented as the Knight was, that is making a (3,1),(2,2),(4,0) leaper called the ENDCAMEL or something, would make things easier to memorize.

The Endcamel is more mobile than the Endknight, yet color-bound. It's also less awkward than the original Camel.

What do you think ?

(I might come back with more thoughts later.)


PS. I can see why you chose the Dicamel; it's the Endknight on the diagonal matrix.

PS2. My apologies, I see you already have invented the Endcamel and called it the Endcaribou.

Lions and Unicorns Chess. With the 16 standard pieces and 4 powerful leapers. (10x8, Cells: 80) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Abdul-Rahman Sibahi wrote on 2007-03-21 UTCGood ★★★★
I am still playing the opening moves in one of these games. However, I've noticed that the knights are immediately under attack from the bishops from the very first move (provided a central pawn is pushed,) and once they're captured the bishops immediately threaten to capture the smothered rooks. Also, they're only protected by the two new major pieces.

Thunder Chess. A hybrid of Metamorph Chess, Fusion Chess, and Assimilation Chess. (8x8x64) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Abdul-Rahman Sibahi wrote on 2007-03-19 UTCGood ★★★★
Sounds like a good game. I haven't played it yet, but looking forward to.

The promotion rules would be easier to memorize if each piece was promoted to the compound piece the does NOT include itself. That is, N to Q , B to M , R to P .

Er.. Also, can the Dragon King and Pope move through check ?

Mad Scientist Chess. Fetch me the Pawn, Igor! (8x8, Cells: 64) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Abdul-Rahman Sibahi wrote on 2007-03-16 UTCGood ★★★★
How come no-one made a preset for this game ?

Nearlydouble Chess. A 2d variant with the whole of two identical sets minus the second King. (11x11, Cells: 121) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Abdul-Rahman Sibahi wrote on 2007-03-14 UTCGood ★★★★
I would suggest enlarging the board a little, just a little, to 11 files x 12 ranks, for the following reasons:

1. dividing the board to three equal areas (The warfield, the white camp, and the black camp.)

2. More importantly, the white squared bishops, in both camps, have quite a field in the opening, which might lead to quick exchanges. Adding a rank would let the white squared bishops from one camp oppose the dark squared ones in the other.

3. The white squared bishop is slightly stronger than the dark squared bishop. (In the current form, a dark colored bishop and a knight can't force mate.)

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I wonder how the game would be like played with Extinction or Suicide rules.

(It would also be interesting to have a Wildebeest variant.)

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'the restriction that only if they have at least four of every type can they have more than four of any type.'

I assume that this applies to promotion only ? I mean, if a player has five rooks and one of his knights was captured, surely a rook wouldn't demote ?

Hubbub. A variant of Bruhaha with more short-range pieces. (8x8, Cells: 72) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Abdul-Rahman Sibahi wrote on 2007-03-06 UTCGood ★★★★
Looks like a good game.

However, I would probably like it better if :

* Bishop are replaced by FADs or Omega Wizards (in the corner squares,)
* Lions are replaced by Elephants (Ferz+Alfil,) and
* Gryphon is replaced by Elephant+Scout.

What do you think ?

Amoeba. Small variant with 38 movable squares. (7x7, Cells: 38) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Abdul-Rahman Sibahi wrote on 2007-02-23 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
The Game Courier preset isn't linked to game's page.

In a different note, what if the game was played with Marseillais Chess
style? That is: at each turn, except white's first, the player makes a
move, move a square, than makes another move.

Seenschach. Variant on 10 by 10 board with lake in the middle and new pieces. (10x10, Cells: 84) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Abdul-Rahman Sibahi wrote on 2007-02-13 UTCGood ★★★★
This is a pretty variant. I should try it some time.

6 Ranks, remaining variants. Extrapolations from the Diana/Los Alamos/Haynie's Primary family of variants. (6x6) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Abdul-Rahman Sibahi wrote on 2007-02-01 UTCGood ★★★★
From all the variants listed, I prefer Alethia (Not a big fan of the name
though. I would've liked Wildbeest Los Alamos, 'cause this what it is.)

Wouldn't the Wildebeest be a little dangerous on the small board ?

Pocket Mutation Chess. Take one of your pieces off the board, maybe change it, keep it in reserve, and drop it on the board later. (8x8, Cells: 64) (Recognized!)[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Abdul-Rahman Sibahi wrote on 2007-01-01 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
SuperKnight and SuperNightRider should be added to the main list in classes 4 and 5 respectively. It is a sensible expansion omitted for who-knows-why reasons!! Addition of Cylindrical and Toroidal pieces can be nasty !! (The rook will only upgrade by a class or half a class.. but bishops and knight and nightriders and super pieces can jump two or three classes, that's for cylinderical.)

Fool's Hexagonal Chess. designed to be a close (the closest?) hexagonal equivalent to orthodox chess. (Cells: 96) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Abdul-Rahman Sibahi wrote on 2006-12-17 UTCGood ★★★★
I love the game. hence the rating.

I might as well make it Excellent once I finish my game.

The thing is, if you divide the playing field to triangles, and play on
intersections, then yes, it IS a hexagonal board.

besides, Xiangqi is playable on a square board. there is a page about ot
somewhere in the site.

Walkers and Jumpers. Walkers and Jumpers is a combination 2D - 4D chancellor chess variant that uses 9 pieces and 9 pawns per side. (9x21, Cells: 189) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Abdul-Rahman Sibahi wrote on 2006-12-04 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
The Courier preset :

http://www.chessvariants.org/index/msdisplay.php?itemid=MPwalkersandjump

Philosophers Chess. Chess variant on two small boards with usual and `philosophical' pieces. (6x6, Cells: 40) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Abdul-Rahman Sibahi wrote on 2006-11-22 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
This is one of the most original, inventive games.

Gess. A Chess variant played on a Go board where pieces are collections of go stones. (18x18, Cells: 324) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Abdul-Rahman Sibahi wrote on 2006-10-23 UTCGood ★★★★
Personally, I think the rules are confusing, and difficult to explain. It looks like a good game, though.

Cylindrical Chess. Sides of the board are supposed to be connected. (8x8, Cells: 64) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Abdul-Rahman Sibahi wrote on 2006-10-17 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
A possible rule to add that when castling normally the king moves two
squares, when castling over the edge the king move three squares.

The notation to this can simply be O-G , O-H , O-C and O-B . It depends on
where the king lands. For discriptive notation : O-KN , O-R , O-B and O-QN
.

Caïssa Britannia. British themed variant with Lions, Unicorns, Dragons, Anglican Bishops, and a royal Queen. (10x10, Cells: 100) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Abdul-Rahman Sibahi wrote on 2006-10-08 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
I have a question regarding the rules. A Queen may not cross a square
threatened by the enemy, and the Two Queens can't face each other,
because they will both be in check.

What if the Enemy Queen was stuck in the last rank by a Rook or two
Dragons, is it possible to deliver check from a far by the Queen ? She is
not in check because the Enemy Queen can't get there, so I don't see why
not.

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