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Big BattleBROKEN LINK!. Large (10x10), commercial variant.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Fisher Kasparov wrote on 2007-11-17 UTC
I agree, I my comment had not the most adequate tone too it and for that
I´m sorry. And I haven´t tried the variant, because I don´t thing
something like 'Big Bat' is worth it. I really think the guy just
thought some moves (with no much effort) in order to commercialize
something barely similar to chess. Please look at the box art! But you are
right, the game might be fun to play. I just completely dislike the huge
board and the lack of deep thought put into it. For me, the similar a
variant is to chess (but obviously different in some creative ways), the
better the variant is! Why? Because chess is just perfect!!! The way all
the pieces are related to each other in their moves, and in such a little
8x8 space! Some examples? Maharaja, Chess960, even Capablanca chess which
uses a slightly bigger board. In the great original part in those games
can just be the different inicial setting! Why I say the guy didn´t put
much thought into the game? Play with a 10x10 board chess with your
regular moving pieces: it will be boring, completely boring. For instance,
take the knight or the pawn. They´ll need ages to be in an interesting
position. You don´t need to be a scientist to come to most of the moves
the guy uses; you have to move like that to make the game interesting.
Research why the pawn can advance two squares in it´s inicial move. Now
compare the moves of this game: it´s the same kind of thought. Surely, the
game like he presents it, doesn´t exist: what I meant is the general
There are other things that I can discuss, but just want to give general
view of what I meant. Of course, it´s just my opinion and like I said: the
game might be good. I, for example, think the guy who created Omega Chess
put quite an effort in presenting his variant: it´s more... cohesive! And
a lot more like chess (this is also important for me: the variant´s
relationship to chess. It has to be related or else you have something
more of a different game than of a CHESS variant. For example Arimaa is
incredibly creative and shows a lot of thought put behind it, but it´s not
a chess variant; you just use chess pieces!). 
I chose the name of Fisher Kasparov not because I wanted to be original,
but because I wanted to pay tribute to these chess masters! Although,
writing Fischer without the c was a horrible mistake (I thought he, being
from the States, wroted it without it). Admiration and originality are two
different things!
And finally, my comment wasn´t vulgar! Why was it vulgar? I didn´t use any
words that needed any kind of censorship! NOT ONE! It was a little out of
line? Yes! But it was not vulgar! Any way, sorry if I offended you. Just
keep playing the greatest, most perfect game in the world and it´s
millions of variants. Peace!