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Kevin Pacey wrote on Wed, Feb 21 06:59 PM UTC in reply to Fergus Duniho from 05:31 PM:

I forgot to mention I thought briefly about the idea of a sort of 'Federation' of chess variant websites, but then concluded they'd all probably want to just compete with each other for members/clients.

Note that chess itself has people who gamble at it, unofficially (such as at two player blitz chess in coffee houses), but the tournament entry fees asked for in the case of organized chess tournaments are not considered gambling, since a tournament participant cannot lose more than the amount of his entry fee. The closest form of gambling that chess tournaments might be compared to is a lottery (a high percentage of the fees are returned to some of the participants, as prizes), but in theory that reasoning would break down since skill level is a strong factor (alternatively some say there is no luck in chess, but I say, just try to foresee everything vital to know at all times, at least if you are only human...).