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It belongs to categories: Orthodox chess, 
It was last modified on: 2001-09-29
 Author: Hans L. Bodlaender. Inventor: David  Eltis. Flying Chess. Some pieces can fly. (8x8x2, Cells: 128) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Matthew Mowbray wrote on 2020-11-05 UTCExcellent ★★★★★

This is a fantastic game and one that I regularly enjoy playing both with friends or on my own. When playing on my own I change clothes after each move, speak in a different accent and have a different personality/backstory to give the appearance of separate players. Anyway I digress, a fantastic game, enjoy.


John Singh wrote on 2010-12-08 UTCGood ★★★★
Everybody should go and buy this game, while stocks last before Xmas!

Fred Cole wrote on 2010-03-25 UTCGood ★★★★
This is a very fun game and an interesting chess varient.

Clare Thompson wrote on 2010-02-12 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
I think Dr. Eltis is hot, he's all I ever wanted in a man; humour, intelligence, generosity and he's very well-endowed as I'm sure Cristine will testify ;)

Christine Bagley-Jones wrote on 2005-08-04 UTC
yes i used to go out with the good doctor, a fantastic person, wouldn't
shut up about flyingchess though .. lol, just kidding :)
yeah, interesting game, is it an original idea?
i don't know much about those 'multi-board' games, i don't know if a
piece on say level 2 influences things on level 1 and level 2 at same
time, so i find hard to rate, but i wouldn't rate it anything less than
good that is for sure. i'll wait for more info till i rate, wish it was
on a bigger board though, than the one that marek has put out.
of course, Fergus is totally right about the 'sus' early comments about
the good doctor, if these people knew the doc, surely the doc would of
commented here, or didn't you tell him we were talking about his game :)
anyway, i do like the idea and game.

Mr. Underhill wrote on 2005-06-28 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
I think that this variant of chess is most indupitably perspicatious. It really reflects modern times at the moment, in a whimsical manner. Well done Dr. Eltis. Im sure he has a great play book collection.

Fergus Duniho wrote on 2004-11-06 UTC
Yes, it looks like there are indeed two history teachers named David Eltis. Matters were made confusing because Eton College does not maintain webpages on individual faculty members, and the most prominent David Eltis besides the inventor of this game is a history professor. Also, Eton College has a confusing name. It is not really a college, which is typically a four-year post-secondary school for young adults. In the American language, Eton is a private boarding school for teenage boys. It is what the British call a public school. Thus, the inventor of Flying Chess is someone who knows, and has known, many boys throughout his career, and this makes it likely that the comments I thought of as suspicious were genuine.

Charles Laurie wrote on 2004-11-06 UTC
I was a student at eton and stumbled on this page quite by chance when trying to find some info about my old teachers...I would like to inform that Dr. Eltis is still a teacher there and still teaches history (I know this because my cousin still goes to the school), he received his degree at oxford where his sister is a 'don'. That, i'm afraid is all I know...hope it helps!

James Spratt wrote on 2004-11-04 UTC
Well, I think the whole issue of 'Flying Chess,' good game or bad, has been introduced in a very irregular manner, and is becoming a silly nuisance. Unless someone feels it important to go chase Dr. Eltis down and get the truth, or better, would the REAL Dr. David Eltis please step forward, I think the whole thing should be ignored. I'm not inclined to play stupid tag, or humor one who is playing too coy to speak for his own product.

Fergus Duniho wrote on 2004-11-03 UTC
At the writing of this page, David Eltis was a history professor at Eton College. The David Eltis I found a website for is a history professor at Emory University. His CV does not mention past employment, but I believe it's the same person, since I have not found mention of any other David Eltis, much less one currently teaching history at Eton.

Rory Burton wrote on 2004-11-03 UTC
Maybe Mr. 'Harrold Pooter' spelt his name incorrectly? Just a thought..also there seem to be two Dr. David Eltis' are we all thinking of the same one?

John Ayer wrote on 2004-11-03 UTC
This is discouraging! Another anonymous post on the same side, and another dodge! The name produced for a couple of posts was not 'Harold Pooter'! I Google-searched on 'Harrold Pooter' and found nothing, so there is no verification.

Anonymous wrote on 2004-11-02 UTC
I typed 'harold pooter' into google and two web-sites came up. I suggest you look them up to verify his credibility.

James Spratt wrote on 2004-11-02 UTC
I'm inclined to give Dr. Eltis the benefit of the doubt. It sounds like a pretty neat game, and a new innovation, and the name is quite catchy. If it's got a few bugs, like Roberto says, this would be a great place to work them out, if it could be fielded here, technically, that is. There's a lot of clever, skilful people around here who've been a huge help to me.

Mark Thompson wrote on 2004-10-31 UTC
The name 'Harrold Pooter' certainly sounds pseudonymous, being so similar to the hero of J. K. Rowling's books.

Fergus Duniho wrote on 2004-10-31 UTC
Someone else has mentioned to me the possibility that some of Dr. Eltis's students are trying to win brownie points by praising him and his game here. This may well be. It seems more plausible to me than the idea that Dr. Eltis himself is masquerading as different people to hype up his game.

Fergus Duniho wrote on 2004-10-30 UTC
Harrold Pooter, 

As you yourself have acknowledged, I do have a point. Moreover, I have not
castigated you, I have no control over what you feel like, I have not
treated you with disrespect, and I have not treated you like an outsider.
It is an unfortunate fact of life that the dishonesty of some people
sometimes casts doubt on the honesty of others. You yourself have accused
Ho Mosley of dishonesty. It may be that you have been honest with us, but
the similarity between your comment and the ones that followed, all
purportedly by different people, has given reason for doubting this. Even
if your comments are unrelated to those that followed it, there is the
appearance of a coordinated campaign to hype up both Flying Chess and
David Eltis. You may just be the victim of circumstances, and if you are,
I wish merely to see you exonerated. But I can't do it for you. Only you
can provide the information that will clear you of suspicion, and so far
you haven't done this. Although you have given the name 'Harrold
Pooter,' it has not helped. A Google search on this name turned up zero
pages.

I may as well be clearer about what I suspect. There is only one person I
know of who would have a motive for hyping up this game and its inventor.
That is David Eltis himself. It is my suspicion that all three of you are
David Eltis using different aliases to hype up this game. But I have
difficulty accepting this suspicion as fact, because David Eltis is an
acclaimed author and college professor and even a fellow alumnus, since we
both got our Ph.D.s at the same university, and I would expect such a
person to act more ethically. But I have never met him myself and have no
firsthand knowledge of his character. So I just don't know what to think.
I would prefer to think that my suspicions are wrong, and that is why I
have asked for the evidence that they are. If none of you are David Eltis,
I would appreciate knowing this for a fact, because I don't want to
believe that he would stoop to underhanded tactics to hype up himself and
his game.

Roberto Lavieri wrote on 2004-10-30 UTCGood ★★★★
I have tried this game briefly, and it is certainly playable. Game play seems to be nice, although it is not so easy play it in a good manner, it can need some expertise, if not, many moves can be blunders. I disagree a bit with the different ways of flying, particularily with respect to the difference between Rooks and Bishops. Regardless some previous comments in which the game itself is not well analysized, objectively this seems to be a moderately interesting game which can be rated as 'good', in my particular opinion.

Harrold Pooter wrote on 2004-10-29 UTCPoor ★
I wrote the first review out of respect for the game and for it's
inventor
Dr. David Eltis I was therefore horrified to be castigated by 'Fergus
Duniho' who wants me to add some more 'credibility' to my review.

I made the review for the benefit of others and feel that it is unfair
that I should be made to feel like a victim...I do, however, see your
point when writing about such people as 'Ho Mosely' who clearly
doesn't
exist as he manages to use phrases such as 'peace out'. i would though
like a bit more respect in the future, just because I am not a member
doesn't mean that I should be treated like an outsider, I feel that my
views are still useful.

Fergus Duniho wrote on 2004-10-28 UTC
These recent comments in praise of both Flying Chess and David Eltis seem
suspicious. They all arose within a span of three days, and none are from
members or anyone previously known to post comments on these pages. All
praise the game highly, but none gives a single detail on why the game is
any good. And all highly praise the inventor himself. All of the praise in
these comments is written in the style of hype, not in the manner of
thoughtful evaluation.

I would like to ask those who have posted these messages to prove my
suspicions wrong. Please give verifiable evidence that you're real
people, and please give some details on what you like about this game.
This would add a lot to the credibility of your comments.

Ho Mosley wrote on 2004-10-27 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
I regularly meet up with Dr. David Eltis to play...he is such a fun loving man with some real wit..he is such a bubbly character I particularly enjoy his historic plays. Flying chest rules...peace out!

Neil Geoffrey wrote on 2004-10-26 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
I couldn't agree more! Having met the man (David Eltis)in the flesh
myself, I can honestly say that he is truly the most dedicated and
inspired person I have ever known. The game itself adds another dimension
(excuse the pun) to an already polished and hugely satisfying 'battle of
wits', and my only sadness is that it hasn't been quicker in reaching
the general public as a bonified chess variant.

Verdict: a must try for all experienced chess-players!

Anonymous wrote on 2004-10-25 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
I think David Eltis is a true visionary...flying chess...brilliant! I regularly get friends and family around to my house to play and needless to say we have fun.

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