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This item is a game information page
It belongs to categories: Orthodox chess, 
It was last modified on: 2001-12-18
 Author: Sergey  Sirotkin and Peter  Aronson. Inventor: Frank  Maus. Thinktank Chess. Frank Maus' game where most pieces move differently when capturing from how they move without capturing.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Christine Bagley-Jones wrote on 2021-01-25 UTC

Is it the last 3 columns, they don't line up with the piece name first given amazingly ...


Jean-Louis Cazaux wrote on 2021-01-24 UTCPoor ★

The table in the center of this page has several mistakes in the description column


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 By Jason1232. Hyperchess. Missing description[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Bn Em wrote on 2021-01-23 UTC

From the diagram alone, the skipper's movement is unclear: in particular, which squares, if any, can it leap with which moves?

Given the nightriders, I'd guess that the knabbaba‐, kangaroo‐, and alibabariders as well as the unnamed piece (which could, as a first approximation, follow Charles Gilman's usage in Man annd Beast 6 in being called a wafflebante — or perhaps phoenixbante given the name of its non-riding counterpart) skip over odd‐numbered squares in their riding moves; am I correct in assuming then, by analogy, that the skipper leaps over odd‐numbered squares, including the adjacent square, but is blockable on odd squares, except in the case of its one‐step move?


This item is a game information page
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It was last modified on: 2004-12-08
 By GM Gregory  Topov. Stanley Random Chess This item is a game information page
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 By GM Gregory  Topov.. Missing description[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Fergus Duniho wrote on 2021-01-20 UTC

I have updated the notice to a warning that says this game is a hoax.


Fergus Duniho wrote on 2021-01-20 UTC

My understanding is that the description of the game is a hoax, but the game itself is not.

I will quote some excerpts from the linked document that suggest it is a hoax:

The precise rules are far too numerous to list here, and the above rules merely introduce some of the unique aspects of SR Chess.

Even the page linked to does not describe the full rules of the game.

A good grasp of the more comprehensive laws that govern legal and winning patterns and sequences is essential for expert play, but these are amply documented and explained in Samuel Worthington's fourth edition of Stanley Random Chess: The Official Player's Guide - Vol. 1, The Rules (Vol. 2, The Players and Vol. 3, Developing Winning Strategy are also worthwhile).

A Google search for this book did not turn up any links to it. It apparently does not exist. All that turned up were the page linked here and copies of it.

Over 535 such variations have been documented by the ISRCA, and the appendix of their 2004 Official Stanley Random Chess Handbook summarizes the 32 more popular international variations.

When I searched Google for "Official Stanley Random Chess Handbook", I did not find any link to this document.

But I did find an Uncyclopedia article on Stanley Random Chess. Uncyclopedia is a parody of Wikipedia, which is full of falsehoods written as humor. Checking who wrote the first version of the Wikipedia article, it is in fact Gregory Topov, the author of this page. I consider this an admission that Stanley Random Chess is a hoax.

Playing Online

This section talks about playing it on schemingmind.com, the very site the article is hosted on, but it does not include a link for actually playing it online.

Given that full documentation for the game exists only in fictional documents, the author of this page wrote an Uncyclopedia article on this game, and I cannot find anyplace to actually play it online despite claims that it can be played online, I conclude that this game is a hoax.


Joseph DiMuro wrote on 2021-01-19 UTC

My understanding is that the description of the game is a hoax, but the game itself is not. It's normal chess where, with each move you make, there's a 50% chance of your move being replaced with a move chosen at random from all legal moves.


Greg Strong wrote on 2021-01-19 UTC

It's an improvement, but the linked page doesn't contain the rules either - because the "game" is almost certainly a hoax.


Fergus Duniho wrote on 2021-01-19 UTC

I just noticed that this is a link page, and one of the links provided on the page did go to a page with more information. I fixed up the HTML, added a notice to the top, and removed all but one link. Some were Geocities links that no longer worked, and some were general links that didn't go to information on this particular game.


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It was last modified on: 2020-11-16
 By Daphne  Snowmoon. Pandemonium (Surajang修羅場). Capablanca chess + Crazyhouse.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Daphne Snowmoon wrote on 2021-01-19 UTC

The actual shape looks like the link below!

https://cafe.naver.com/snowmoondaphne/8


This item is a game information page
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It was last modified on: 2004-12-08
 By GM Gregory  Topov. Stanley Random Chess This item is a game information page
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 By GM Gregory  Topov.. Missing description[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Greg Strong wrote on 2021-01-19 UTC

I think it should be removed. As I recall, it was a joke that the author stubbornly insisted was not a joke, making it basically an act of trolling.


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 By Leon  Carey. Family Chess. Chess with Different Armies, but with extra pieces.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Fergus Duniho wrote on 2021-01-18 UTC

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 By Luciano  Baldesini. Specular transcendental chess. Random pieces, New Fischer Random, Symmetrical Transcendental chess, No castling.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Fergus Duniho wrote on 2021-01-18 UTC

I clicked on a link that says Symmetrical transcendental chess, but the game is called Specular transcendental chess on the page. For a randomized variant, it would be appropriate to include the rules for randomizing the position in the Setup section, and to include only the rules for otherwise playing the game in the Rules section.


This item is a game information page
It belongs to categories: Orthodox chess, 
It was last modified on: 2004-12-08
 By GM Gregory  Topov. Stanley Random Chess This item is a game information page
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It was last modified on: 2004-12-08
 By GM Gregory  Topov.. Missing description[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Fergus Duniho wrote on 2021-01-18 UTC

Should I remove this page? The rules section does not describe the rules, and this page does not make it clear how to play this game.


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 By Benjamin  Silversten. Chaos Chess. Game with Random Pieces.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Fergus Duniho wrote on 2021-01-18 UTC

Has this particular random setup variant been invented before? If it hasn't, it may be because randomization without any restrictions is a bad idea. Bobby Fischer employed various restrictions in his variant, because he wanted to avoid things like two Bishops on the same color or the King being unable to castle with one of the Rooks. Since this variant randomizes the positions of all the pieces without any restriction, it could start out with Black's King already in check. Would that mean that White has won right away?

Also, the name Chaos Chess is already used for Allen Jett's Chaos Chess, which is a more randomized variant with some restrictions. Chaos Chess is also the name of a variant with its own app, in which the movement powers of a piece are selected at random. Chaos Chess is also the name of a commercial multiplayer variant with cards that change the rules of the game, sort of similar to Knightmare Chess. So, the name is already overused.


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 By Sundar  Narayanan. Ethics-Chess. Using chess to explore diversity and inclusion is the aim of the game. Game with queen with king moves and vice versa.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Fergus Duniho wrote on 2021-01-18 UTC

There is no content on this page.


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It was last modified on: 2021-01-01
 By Sundar  Narayanan. D&IChess. D&IChess is to explore diversity and inclusion in chess. Here Queen and King swap their powers (move).[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Fergus Duniho wrote on 2021-01-18 UTC

This has large unformatted blocks of text without any pictures. Without a filled in setup section, it's not immediately clear what equipment to use. Is this played with a regular Chess set? If so, adding "Same as Chess." to the setup section would be helpful. The notes section looks like it includes unformatted code for Game Courier. The rules page is not the place for programming code, as it will not work there, and it will not be as helpful to the reader as a natural language description of the rules.


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It was last modified on: 2001-05-01
 By Peter  Aronson. Mad Elephant Chess. Pawns can be turned into Elephants; Elephants can promote to Mad Elephants, and Mad Elephants can trample lines of pieces.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Walker wrote on 2021-01-15 UTC

Saying this is like "Shatranj with elephants raised on a diet of TNT and nitroglycerin" might be understating it. Anyway, if the Mad Elephant is slightly stronger than a Queen, then I might make an appropriate sub-subvariant: Like the subvariant "No Starting Elephants," but the Queen is replaced by a Mad Elephant, so the setup is approximately the same, but Elephants can still come into the game easily and the Queen is slightly stronger. To balance out the stronger Queen, I might use R7 or R6 for the Rook, and if this were added to Chess With Different Armies, I'd call it the Elephant Army.


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It was last modified on: 2020-01-30
 By Aurelian  Florea. Apothecary Chess-Classic. Large board variant obtained through tinkering with known games.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Aurelian Florea wrote on 2021-01-13 UTC

You have made my day Daniel especially with that final sentence :)! Thanks! I'll try hard!


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 By Daphne  Snowmoon. Pandemonium (Surajang修羅場). Capablanca chess + Crazyhouse.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Daphne Snowmoon wrote on 2021-01-13 UTC

Kevin // Hi! ٩(ˊᗜˋ*)و

Ah I understand! Really thanks for telling me!


Kevin Pacey wrote on 2021-01-13 UTC

Hi Daphne

I meant that in the setup the armies are 6 ranks apart from each other in that all ranks in between have nothing but empty squares on them. That is, White's pawns are on rank 2 and Black's pawns are on rank 9, with the six ranks between (ranks 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8) having no pieces or pawns occupying any squares on them in the setup.

In (10x8) Capablanca Chess, in contrast, the armies are seperated by just 4 ranks in that game's setup (by which I mean, again, completely empty ranks of squares).


Daphne Snowmoon wrote on 2021-01-12 UTC

Kevin // Thank you so much for commenting! But can you tell me what 'Having the armies seperated by 6 ranks' means? Does that mean the maximum rank that can be dropped is the 6th rank?


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It was last modified on: 2019-01-12
 By wdtr2. Shako_Balbo. Game with Diamond Shape Board.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Jean-Louis Cazaux wrote on 2021-01-12 UTC

My feelings about this game are mixed. On the positive side, I like very much the idea that the variant Shako has its own variant. On the critic side, I am not so enthusiast and I keep preferring the standard Shako. In play, I found that diagonals are too much weighting on the game. I had the feeling that Rooks, Cannons and even Queen were sort of squeezed on this diamond-shaped board. It is not because I lost that I'm negative. I lost because I'm not a good player, I'm not focused enough. No, regardless of defeat or victory the fact is I was sometimes kind of "I don't know what to play", if I could, I would have simply passed my turn as I had the feeling that any move would spoil my game. I think that I would have the same impression at Balbo (std) chess. But I appreciated to have tried, it was interesting to see the difference with a square board. Thanks


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It was last modified on: 2020-01-30
 By Aurelian  Florea. Apothecary Chess-Classic. Large board variant obtained through tinkering with known games.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Daniel Zacharias wrote on 2021-01-12 UTCExcellent ★★★★★

This is a very good game. Everything fits together well. The random setup provides variety without being completely chaotic. The brouhaha squares are a great way to add more pieces without making the board so big it feels empty. The promotion rule encourages more variety in promotion, which is something I look for particularly; and I like the auxiliary pieces used here. The Mameluk especially is fun.

I think I might slightly prefer the Modern Apothecary game, for it's Dragon and Griffin, which to me are more interesting than the Chancellor and Archbishop, but I like the Siege Elephant and Mameluk as auxiliaries, so it's hard to choose one game over the other. I don't know if I'd agree with the statement that the Joker can't defend well. It seems to me that it's ability to mimic an attacker's move makes it particularly good at defending and more difficult to use aggressively. I'm not great at chess (in any form), though, so I could be wrong about that.

I'm interested to see what the next games in this series will be like!


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 By Jason1232. Promo-chess. All pieces can promote (including Kings) and some can promote further![All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Ben Reiniger wrote on 2021-01-10 UTC

You wrote that King promotes to Queen, and if that's what you intended then you'll need to make some notes about how royalty continues, whether there are additional restrictions on a royal queen (and eventually camelzon), etc.

Since the "original" white queen promotes at rank 8, but white rooks-promoted-to-queens promote at rank 1, you'll need some way to keep track of where each piece next promotes.

You don't need the setup diagram (and if you leave the section blank in the form, it won't show up at all in the displayed page) when it's the same as FIDE chess.


This item is a game information page
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 By Jason1232. Hyperchess. Missing description[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Ben Reiniger wrote on 2021-01-10 UTC

The setup diagram doesn't seem to be coded correctly.

This feels like other large-board many-piece variants and invites the questions: is there a reason behind which pieces went into this? Was the setup carefully considered? Have you playtested?

We also already have a "hyperchess," so this would need a different name, preferably something that alludes to this specific game and not just its largeness.
https://www.chessvariants.com/3d.dir/hyperchess.html


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