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It belongs to categories: Orthodox chess, 
It was last modified on: 1998-05-11
 Author: Carlos  Cetina. Inventor: Gabriel  Maura. Omega Chess (Maura). Players have many pieces that can only move in the direction they point at. (9x9, Cells: 81) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
John Smith wrote on 2009-01-10 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
Interesting! I think the reason that the 9x9 variants are so good is that their creators seek something more beautifully geometrical, and not some progression of Chess or any hodge-podge or half-bake of a game.

George Duke wrote on 2008-04-30 UTC
Carlos Cetina informs through Jose Carrillo of Puerto Rico that, in fact, Gabriel Maura died in 1983 or 1984. CVists recall David Pritchard's death notice December 2005 and that of games' guru Gary Gygax this year 2008. Comments lately about Alice Chess (1953) and Rettah (1952) remind that their inventor V.R. Parton lived from 1897 to 1974. Parton really started variants up again after World War II, with responsibility not seen, or even understood anymore; but the real heyday and renaissance of original Chesses and Problem Themes still has to be the unequaled Sam Loyd - T. R. Dawson era before that. Loyd lived until 1911 and Dawson 1951.

Carlos Cetina wrote on 2008-04-17 UTC
George, I don't think so. His book was edited in 1980 in Madrid, Spain. I think after this date he has no produced anymore, otherwise we would know it mainly thanks to the existence of the internet.

George Duke wrote on 2008-04-15 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
Again 9x9. Looking to expand the 9x9 roster of Excellents, we upgrade Omega for creativity in so-long-ago year of invention. Two piece-types, one Omega and all the rest Deltas. Lacklustre Canadian Omega Chess took the same name more than two decades later of this Puerto Rican Omega Chess. Centennial Chess also uses changes of orientation for its Spearsman in 1990's after the 1970s' Gabriel Maura's Omega. ''Draws are rare.'' Carlos, did Gabriel Maura work on any of his games in 1990's and 2000's?

Fergus Duniho wrote on 2005-01-04 UTC
The links to Game Courier logs are added automatically in the footer based on a game's name as recorded in our database. With regard to Omega Chess, I wasn't previously aware the name had been used before.

Matthew Paul wrote on 2005-01-04 UTCGood ★★★★
Interesting. However, the Game Courier link leads to the commercial Omega Chess, not this game. The game however, seems pretty interesting, and the 'opposite direction immunity rule' should add more stratergy to the game. I further suggest that this game could be expanded to have more pieces. For example, a piece shaped as a diamond that could travel in two opposite directions. However, it has no immunity from opposite direction attacks. Just a thought.

Charles Gilman wrote on 2004-01-15 UTCGood ★★★★
Another possible array would be to have the Omegas in the corner. From that a four-player variant could easily be derived.

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