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Game Reviews by Todor Tchervenkov

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It belongs to categories: Orthodox chess, 
It was last modified on: 2003-01-20
 By Dan  Troyka. Cleopatra Chess. No captures, but your Cleopatra (Queen) can seduce opposing pieces to your side. (8x8, Cells: 64) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Todor Tchervenkov wrote on 2011-12-22 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
I played this game with a human opponent as well as against the computer. I find it to be excellent for fun, probably not perfectly balanced but what game is perfectly balanced, after all? However, sometimes the game gets stucked: it is possible to block both Cleopatras in such a way no one can win. I suggest the following change to the rules: if for N moves no piece is flipped, the game is drawn. This rule is alike of Chess rule about no pawn move in 50 moves. For Cleopatra chess I think 50 is too much. 10 or 20 should be a good idea.

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It was last modified on: 2005-11-15
 Author: Peter  Aronson. Inventor: Peter  Aronson and David  Howe. Rococo. A clear, aggressive Ultima variant on a 10x10 ring board. (10x10, Cells: 100) (Recognized!)[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Todor Tchervenkov wrote on 2006-07-22 UTCGood ★★★★
Hi! I was exploring Rococo's ZRF, I found many divergences between what I was expected to be correct and what does Zillions do. Now I have many questions to any one concerned with Rococo: 1) wether the Chameleon could swap with the Swapper, jumping over any Long leaper; 2) wether the Chameleon could swap and capture any Withdrawer or Advancer; 3) wether a Pawn that's already on the 9th rank could promote by moving sidewards (it's clear it could not go to the 10th rank); 4) wether a piece on the outer ring could 'commit suicide' (i.e. - does this count as capturing?). I will appreciate having authors' opinion. Thanks a lot.

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It was last modified on: 2001-11-05
 Author: Hans L. Bodlaender. Inventor: Robert  Abbott. Ultima. Game where each type of piece has a different capturing ability. (8x8, Cells: 64) (Recognized!)[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Todor Tchervenkov wrote on 2006-07-21 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
Every game should be played by people that master the rules in order to reach a theoretical depth. It's not serious to have discussion on rules - this doesn't serve any purpose. It's impossible to find some real game theory on Ultima in the Internet. How about having it here, at the chessvariants pages? If there are any experienced players around, perphaps they would like to gather observations just in one place?

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It was last modified on: 2002-11-01
 By Mark  Thompson. Tetrahedral Chess. Three dimensional variant with board in form of tetrahedron. (x7, Cells: 84) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Todor Tchervenkov wrote on 2005-11-23 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
Very nice game. I like the idea of a non-cubic 3D chess variant.

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It was last modified on: 2000-02-21
 By Sergey  Sirotkin. Tape Chess and other almost one-dimensional chess variants. Tape Chess and other almost one-dimensional chess variants.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Todor Tchervenkov wrote on 2005-11-18 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
I like very much tape chess, especially the variant played on a circular shape tape. It's a pity that there's no Game Courier preset for Tape chess. So far I've played only with Zillions. I like simple and clear games, just as this one is.

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