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It was last modified on: 2004-10-19
 By Ed  Friedlander. Ed Friedlander's Chess Variant Applets. Hundreds of Java Applets for Playing Chess Variants.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
someguy wrote on 2008-09-03 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
wow this stuff is good thanks who ever made this

Colby wrote on 2008-03-27 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
I love this site! I think it's fantastic site with a great variety and selection of chess variants, I have a few suggestions however. 1. I think you should explain the rules for each variant more thoroughly. 2. Have the game say who won and make it easier to determine the computer's previous move. 3. Have different difficulties. Other than that great site I enjoy it very much and play often. Thank you again Dr. Freidlander for the wonderful site.

Tony wrote on 2007-06-25 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
I really liked this site. I used to use Zillions of games but it's commercial.

Anonymous wrote on 2006-10-04 UTCExcellent ★★★★★

Anonymous wrote on 2006-03-11 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
I too would be interested in seeing more Shogi variants. I appreciate the point about large-board games, but how about Microshogi (Poppy Shogi) and Tori Shogi?

Sad wrote on 2005-10-09 UTCPoor ★
I really liked your selection of chess variants to play but what about microorganism chess

Anonymous wrote on 2005-06-23 UTCGood ★★★★

Nasmichael Farris wrote on 2005-01-14 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
Look in Japanese Chess for the Shogi program.

It helped me get a grasp on the book Shogi:  Japan's Game of Strategy by
Trevor Leggett by allowing me to play through the examples.

The program itself does what it was intended to do.

Ed, thank you much for your continued ambassadorship of variants and
giving the chess variant-appreciative public an opportunity to learn these
games.

Greg Strong wrote on 2004-10-21 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
<p>Yes, this extensive collection of applets is truly remarkable! The large number of games Ed has been able to support is a clear indication that the underlying Java code is very clever and well-designed. I can say from experience that this is <i>not</i> an easy endeavour...</p> <p>Also, Peter asked about Dai and Chu shogi support. Those games have very large boards (and lots of extra pieces) and the CPU usage goes up exponentially with the number of legal moves. These applets search to a shallow depth, even on 8x8 games, so as to be light-weight. It is probably not possible to make a low-memory usage, low-CPU usage applet to play any game with a really large board. However, there is a nice freeware program by Steve Evans that plays several Shogi variants, including the two you request (although I don't know how strong an opponent it is.) It can be found here: <a href='http://trout.customer.netspace.net.au/index.html'>http://trout.customer.netspace.net.au/index.html</a></p>

Peter Boddy wrote on 2004-10-20 UTCGood ★★★★
I like this list of applets!

Is it possible to have Shogi and some of it's variants as Java progs? 
Like Chu and Dai shogi?

Thanks in advance!

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