[ Help | Earliest Comments | Latest Comments ][ List All Subjects of Discussion | Create New Subject of Discussion ][ List Latest Comments Only For Pages | Games | Rated Pages | Rated Games | Subjects of Discussion ]Comments/Ratings for a Single Item Later ⇩Reverse Order⇧ Earlier Eight-Stone Chess. On an 8 by 9 board with eight neutral stones. (8x9, Cells: 72) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]Kevin Pacey wrote on 2018-03-01 UTCExcellent ★★★★★An interesting concept for a variant! On a Canadian chess message board a long time ago, someone asked if there could possibly be a variant with quite a number of impassable squares here and there in the middle of the board, and I assumed the idea infeasible, not imagining that a player might be able to move said obstacles around! Aurelian Florea wrote on 2017-03-10 UTCI also find this game interesting! George Duke wrote on 2017-03-09 UTCFrom 1999 year check out how piece may swap with Stone in place of regular move. George Duke wrote on 2005-02-01 UTCExcellent ★★★★★'DEF,LargeCV': Heretofore unrated: great game for all of its novelty, play-worthiness, clarity of rules. One-rank extension of board, and own-piece-adjacent swap with Stone, and no immediate reversal of a Stone step or leap -- these appear to solve any problems in the simplest way. David Short wrote on 2003-03-08 UTCI am about to begin a tournament of AMOEBA on Richard's Play By Email Server. AMOEBA is very similar to EIGHT-STONE CHESS except for the fact that some of the stone swapping rules have been extended beyond creator Jim Aikin's original intent. in AMOEBA, the following moves would be legal: +---------------+ |- - O O O O - -| Stone on C can be moved to G, +---------------+ Stone on F can be moved to B. a b c d e f g h This complies with standard ESC rules. But, now: +---------------+ |- n O O O O - -| Knight on B can move to G +---------------+ a b c d e f g h Also, note that in the first diagram, the stone on D or E could also move to G, or the stones on D or E could also move to B, and likewise in the second diagram, the knight could swap places with the stones on D, E or F (as well as C) too. I am going to be running a 7-man section, single round robin. You play 6 games, one against each of the other 6 players in the section, three games with the white pieces and three games with the black pieces. The '-promote' option is being used to ensure that pawns can only promote in the very last row of the board. Without it, a pawn on the 7th rank being blocked from moving to the 8th rank by a stone would instantly promote. If you would like to play in this event, you must have a userid and password on Richard's Play By Email server. If you do not already have one, go to http://www.gamerz.net/pbmserv/tutorial.html to learn how to sign up for a free userid and password, and to http://www.gamerz.net/pbmserv/commands.html to familiarize yourself with the commands used for playing games on the server. The key thing to remember about play on the server is that moves are transmitted in the subject line of the email, while the body of the email is used for sending comments to your opponent. If you would like to play in the Amoeba tournament, please email me your PBM userid at [email protected] Please hurry because as of this writing I actually only have two openings remaining before the section is filled, so hurry! First come first serve! There are no prizes for the event, but it's free to enter, all games will be rated (all games on the PBM server use their own rating system) and a broadcast will be made by me on the server and here at the completion of the tournament to announce the winner. This is your chance to play a very exciting chess variant against other enthusiasts of this game! Sign up now!! 5 comments displayedLater ⇩Reverse Order⇧ EarlierPermalink to the exact comments currently displayed.