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Recognized Chess Variant: Magnetic Chess. Missing description[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
🕸Fergus Duniho wrote on Thu, Sep 16, 2004 02:29 AM UTC:
Am I reading this page right? If I am, it says that John McCallion
conducted a poll on whether Magnetic Chess or Hostage Chess should be
regarded as the Chess variant of the decade for the 90's, and only one
person voted in this poll. So, it is on the basis of a single vote from a
single reader of the NOST-bulletin that Magnetic Chess has been declared
as NOST's CV of the decade for the 90's.

I would have presumed that being declared as NOST's CV of the decade for
the 90's would have been a sure sign of the game's popularity. But if
the award was received on the basis of only a single vote, and most of the
readers of McCallion's column were too uninterested or too apathetic to
care, it does not seem to be much of any sign of popularity at all.

Since I am trying to ascertain the popularity of certain recognized Chess
variants, and this is one of them, any information on surer signs of this
game's popularity would be welcome.