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What is a Chess variant?. An essay on what distinguishes a Chess variant from other games.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
H. G. Muller wrote on 2017-09-05 UTC

@Glenn Nicholls: Xiangqi is just as much a Chess variant as western Chess is a Chess variant. Neither of these is the original form. They are all particular realizations of the grand idea of Chess, i.e. a two-player board game of perfect information, with many different pieces that can be captured by replacement, where loss of a designated royal piece decides the game.