[ 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 Chessopoly. Board with a hole in the middle where pawns move clockwise. (12x12, Cells: 128) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]gnohmon wrote on 2003-06-01 UTCWho can remember so far back? When I stressed the idea that 'things move clockwise' was an important new thing, it seems to me that I must alredy have had the idea of Race Chess in mind, and was probably rushing to finish chessopoly so I could write up Race Chess before forgetting it. 4x16 Race Chess is a great game, an excellent game. Compared to it, Chessopoly is clearly inferior, not nearly so elegant. However, Chessopoly is important as the historical precursor of 4x16 Race Chess. The asymmetry of the setup was deliberate, and I believe it was a good choice; although symmetry does not guarantee a draw, (one may not respond to check with check), asymmetry should be more interesting. I have no memory of thinking about which side should be where in the asymmetry, and this means that I probably forgot to think about it in my rush to 4x16 race chess. It looks like the board setup favors White a bit, although I'd bet it's not by much. You'll notice that I repeatedly invoke 4x16 Race Chess as an excuse for whatever sins I may have committed in Chessopoly. Chessopoly is a game that should be admired for its clever ideas. 4x16 Race Chess is a game that should be played. And, Chessopoly is a clever idea. It is based on a race game, it is not itself a race game, not like Racing Kings (which I often mention and always with great praise). However, 'everything moves clockwise' on a somewhat circular chessboard is one of those revolutionary ideas that are so simple you sit there and say 'how is it possible that nobody thought of this before?'. And, of course, the best game with clockwise movement on a circular chessboard is, in my opinion -- you guessed it -- 4x16 Race Chess.