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It belongs to categories: Orthodox chess, 
It was last modified on: 2001-01-04
 Author: Edward  Jackman. Inventor: Archimedeans Mathematics Society. Gess. A Chess variant played on a Go board where pieces are collections of go stones. (18x18, Cells: 324) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
FineArt wrote on 2011-11-30 UTCExcellent ★★★★★

I want to play with someone! :) 


George Duke wrote on 2017-03-13 UTCExcellent ★★★★★

Player must keep a Ring of 3x3 made from the stones, and to win is to destroy opponent last Ring.  Stones move in 3x3s. This appeared first in Spektrum der Wissenschaft.


George Duke wrote on 2010-07-27 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
''Meta-chess,'' which Yu Ren Dong today describes Gess as fullfilling, I used recently for Betza's Buypoint, 
http://www.chessvariants.org/index/displaycomment.php?commentid=25886. What is the difference between a Cluster and a Meta-chess? In the degree of actualization. CVs could have stayed meta-chesses mostly back in the 1990s onwards. They instead diverged into the ones by ones by ones comprising Clusters, one or another totalling 20 or 25, we have today.  Classifications categorizing them all, the CVs, will bring them down to earth, the way classification of finite simple groups is accomplished. Gess as unique is Meta-chess and will probably stay that way and not get clustered by copycats and near-works.  Instead the original Gess may get a variant or two, or slight rules modification, and still be considered Archimedeans Mathematics Society's Gess; that makes it easier on everyone. Since my other comment five years ago I played Gess for the rating. Is it really Chess having only one piece-type that has to emerge fluctuating from play? Mind games like Gess, in their own spaces un-chess-like but strategic, the category ''Track Two Chess'' accomodates however far removed the standard 64-square f.i.d.e.

Yu Ren Dong wrote on 2010-07-24 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
One of the best meta chess variants.

Abdul-Rahman Sibahi wrote on 2006-10-23 UTCGood ★★★★
Personally, I think the rules are confusing, and difficult to explain. It looks like a good game, though.

Anonymous wrote on 2006-03-24 UTCExcellent ★★★★★

Peter Wolf wrote on 2006-03-24 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
In his variability of figures, gess is really more exiting than chess. The rules are so simply, that someone could learn them easily. It is sad that it isn't more popular.

It would be nice to have more than one weak old turbo pacal programm to play against and no place on the internet to play tournaments against humans.

On a real board someone should invent a 'footprint mask' with wich someone could move all nine pieces with one move of his hand. Imaging two players in a tournament and one have only a few second on his clock. In chess he moves his piece very quickly, but in gess he has up to nine pieces to move.


pizzaglasssam wrote on 2002-11-07 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
Cool, I was afraid I'd never find the rules for Gess again when I couldn't find it on SciAm's site. This is wonderful, and having links to the Gess applets is better than I had ever hoped! --Brian

LCC wrote on 2002-10-25 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
This is excellent! 100% playable, resembling both the original games, but with its own tactical flavor. Very good.

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