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Twenty-First Century Chess. An updating of Chess for the video game generation, on a 10x8 board with Barons and Jesters. (10x8, Cells: 80) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Tomas Forsman wrote on 2002-08-04 UTCGood ★★★★
I've downloaded and played this game a couple of times and while I think
that it is a good chessvariant I also think that the author coul duse a
dose of modesty ;)
This is a good chessgame so don't think that I don't appreciate it but
it's not the best I've ever played and it's not the 'new chess'.
Perhaps I'm wrong and perhaps this is the new chess and if it is I will
humbly admit that I was wrong.

It has its points though and the one I like the most is the Jester.
Zillions seem to have trouble of planing the use of the Jester and put it
in at the first move pawn. I'm not a chessprogrammer so I don't know if
this is something that most chessprograms would do or if its just a Z

Good work Karl.


Anonymous wrote on 2002-08-20 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
I have recently played this variant (or 'upgrade') and found it very interesting. The new peices certainly are different, and the barons proved to be very useful. <p> Usually when I play standard chess, no pawn ever has a chance of being promoted. However, here the addition of the jester has the ability to skip around other pawns with its diagonal advance (very useful). The jester certainly helped the pawn cause. <p> When playing, players must be careful <i> never </i> to let their opponent obtain a sorceror, as this peice will very easily be their downfall. I learned this the hard way the first time I played. Mr. Munzlinger said the board needed more mating power, and there is no doubt the sorceror gives it that. <p> I beleive that Mr. Munzlinger did a very good job of what he wanted to accomplish. The larger board and new peices make for a more interesting and fun game, and I beleive this is one of the better variations (upgrades) out there.

Andrew Schoonmaker wrote on 2002-08-29 UTC
... the variant is called 'Twenty-first Century Chess' and you want to add a note of *Arthurian Legend*?! What's wrong with this picture? :-)

Capt. Kirk wrote on 2002-08-29 UTC
Well,if they can sneak King Arthur onto Babylon 5....

biso wrote on 2004-08-01 UTCGood ★★★★

Greg Strong wrote on 2004-08-05 UTCGood ★★★★

This is, indeed, a very interesting game! I did just notice, however, another game with this name on George Jelliss' A Guide to Variant Chess site. The site indicates that this game was published in Variant Chess in 1991. I don't know if this is a problem or not, but I thought I would point it out.

Please understand, though, that I do not mean to diminish the creativity of this game in any way. The Jester is a particularly good innovation, and helps to diminish the value of opening books in a big way!

Larry Smith wrote on 2004-08-06 UTC
To prevent confusion among similarly named games, you might preface it with
the developer's surname.  For example, when referring to this game it
could be called 'Munzlinger's Twenty-First Century Chess'.

There are several other games which suffer from this particular

George Duke wrote on 2005-02-13 UTCPoor ★
'1ABCLargeCV': This has normal symmetry; no one bothers with east-west symmetry. Dominique Leste's Archbishop Chess last month has exact same initial position, and two of Carrera-Bird-Capablanca's (N+B=Cardinal) were done before year 2000 too(Janus Chess). One Pawn's additional power of forward-only Ferz: any of a hundred other rather innocuous powers might work as well to confound opening theory; no creativity there. Under 'The Play of the Game', do not follow Munzlinger's advice not to castle at a good early opportunity against three strong compounds and two Rooks.

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