[ Help | Earliest Comments | Latest Comments ][ List All Subjects of Discussion | Create New Subject of Discussion ][ List Earliest Comments Only For Pages | Games | Rated Pages | Rated Games | Subjects of Discussion ]Single Comment 10x10 Multiple Knot Chess. Board in `mathematical shape'.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]Nicholas Wolff wrote on 2009-11-30 UTCPoor ★10x10 Multiple Knot Chess --- I admit, I have not played this variant, though I say with the utmost certainty that there is no reasonable way to play it. Whether if someone is trying to make a preset or a homemade board, it would seem almost impossible to do so. The only way to make a board for this would to make it extremely large, or find some pieces that are extremely small. This would be to compensate for the 10 celled rows that are squeezed into this jumbled mess. Maybe if he lowered the cell size, but I don't even think a regular 8x8 would fit well enough. I have contemplated for some time as to why Missoum would create this board and offer it for play. Why would this be better than to play chess with the same setup on a 10x10 board? After some thought, the best that I can come up with would be to have a new perspective on the board without changing the play. However, when he changed the board, he sacrificed the play. I have looked through all of his boards, and I think this is the best looking one with the most chance of playability, by far; however, it would be more trouble than its worth to make the board instead of moving onto something else. The time and resources are not worth it, in my opinion, nor is the enjoyment of playing a game when you finish the board. If this board were somehow created, the thrill that I believe he has hoped to achieve by making this board can be neutralized when a 'Play By Email' environment is utilized. A person can just as easily pull up a 10x10 board with the setup and gain the advantage of not having to deal with the twists and turns. This would only be a feasible play in person OTB. Though I do not care for the board, the other aspect of the game is the setup of pieces that he chose for it. I do not pretend to be an expert on variants, pieces, and their piece values. What I write is in my own opinion and knowledge that I have gained from experience in play of certain games. What Missoum has done with this game is simply add an extra knight and a pawn to each side. With a bigger board, he has added two pieces that are much weaker on a 10x10 board than on an 8x8 and kept the power players (whose value raises on a bigger board) the same. Personally, I would prefer maybe changing a knight for a bishop, but I think that is relative to who is playing. I think that is a matter of opinion and I cannot criticize for that. Despite my negative statements, I see where Missoum's heart lies, however it doesn't make this board playable with a reasonably sized board. If anyone could prove me wrong, I would LOVE to see the board and recant what I have said. With all of this being said, I rate this variant, on Nick's personal scale out of 10, a 1. I have given him a point for the thought provocation that he has given me for looking at chess a different way.