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It belongs to categories: Orthodox chess, 
It was last modified on: 1999-05-08
 Author: John William Brown. Inventor: Thomas  Havel. Jester Chess. Large variant, with four new pieces including Jester that imitates opponents last type of move. (10x11, Cells: 110) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
LANTIN FRANCOIS wrote on 2012-09-16 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
I HAVE QUESTION for Thomas Havel or anybody out there who can give me a clear answer: when the creator of this CV describes the archer, he says it "captures on the 3 forward-ajacent squares" what does he refer to?  for example when archer is on c3: can it capture on  c4-c5-c6?? or IS IT  b4-c4-d4?? Thanks for reading this post and for answering

LANTIN FRANCOIS wrote on 2012-09-15 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
I Just had some wooden chessmen :muray lion, archer, jester... fabricated to play jester chess with some friends. Very neat, vintage & simple stauton style thanks to my creativity & a very skillful french cabinetmaker. who can ask for more? If anybody out there wants or needs some inspiration for chessmen design, i can send you some fabulous pics! just email me at [email protected] This game is gonna be so much fun with wooden pieces In some time, this unique chess set is gonna worth a whole lot!!!

George Duke wrote on 2007-10-26 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
This looks fun but who has the time? The only GC log was abandoned before completion. Since we are using Havel's Jester 1999(and Brown's Centennial 100 sqs.) for comparison of Very Large CVs, this recalls the fine novelty of Jester, Quadra-Pawn, and Archer together. Somehow here so many as 110 squares are an exigency to accomodate the specific mix, and they must have gone back and forth between the piece-types and size to perfect it. Piece values to the tenths seem like serious effort, taking account of that board size. The five different promotion variations(Shogi-like) are an overcomplication, and Brown simplified with slightly later Centennial, their semi-collaboration justifying extensive borrowing. The 'inadvertent' Murray Lion's appearing so frequently, as here, may carry a message: who can rule out random(computer?) piece creation as a possibility? Two pieces per move until capturing could be a good standard for Very Large category. These two Comments three yrs. apart intentionally complement so not to repeat.

George Duke wrote on 2005-03-23 UTCGood ★★★★
'JKL,LargeCV': Brown's own Centennial Chess scales back board to decimal and borrows quadra-pawn Steward and M.Lion from Havel's Jester Chess, six yrs. uncommented. 10 piece-types, of which five promote uniquely, only Pawn doing so to an array unit(Steward); so that makes 14 piece-types possible. Jester originally mimics method of movement of last opponent's piece moved. Short-range Archer moves without capturing or captures without moving. It is two moves per turn until one's first capture, a rule which could benefit some other large chesses. This would be more fun, but Centennial's fewer features a more playable-strategy CV.

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