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It belongs to categories: Orthodox chess, 
It was last modified on: 2005-05-07
 By Dale  Holmes. Salmon P. Chess. Huge three-dimensional game celebrating 10 years chess variant pages. (x10, Cells: 7500) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
John Penner wrote on 2011-11-25 UTCBelowAverage ★★
fascinating to read about this chess variant. 

have you (or anyone) ever actually played (and completed!?) a game of
salmon p. chess??

it is easy to make a game more complicated - but it takes real genius to
make it simpler. 

best
john p

Anonymous wrote on 2011-04-01 UTCGood ★★★★

Constructing and playing a physical game of Salmon P. Chess is indeed possible, but would probably kill a lot of time, money, and sanity. Nevertheless, it sounds like the kind of thing I would do over a slow and uneventful summer. ('Hey, look at this mind-bogglingly huge chess variant! I think I'll go build a set so I'll actually have something to do for the next few months.')

Alternatively, I can spend my summer coding this game, although I have no idea how one would store the board information. I'll have to analyze this game a bit more...it seems pretty interesting.


Anonymous wrote on 2011-03-25 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
I want to play this game. I seriously want to build and play this with a bunch of friends. I also have some ideas to make the board a little more compact, though it still won't be the sort of game one could pack up and play in a hotel room somewhere. If anyone wants to try and play this, leave a comment and we can try to get in contact. I'll keep checking this, even though the last comment was added nearly 5 years ago. Seriously. If you're as crazy as I am, I want to hear from you.

Anonymous wrote on 2006-05-28 UTCGood ★★★★
good,,but a bit confusing

Amy wrote on 2005-05-28 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
My nephew asked me to look at this game. All I can say is: chess has certainly come a long way! What will these kids think of next.

Salmon P. Chase wrote on 2005-05-19 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
The honor of having this game named after me far exceeds having my picture on the ten-grand bill! My colleagues and I have been playing it, here in Heaven, and find it exhilarating in the extreme. Good show, Mr. Holmes!

JCRuhf wrote on 2005-05-15 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
This game is great! The number of piece types makes many interesting maneuvers possible, a countless number of which just can not be reproduced in other games!

Kathy wrote on 2005-05-11 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
I don't know *what* I'm looking at! This is complicated! Coongratulations on a great Mind Bender.

Darrel wrote on 2005-05-09 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
Writing style makes very complex things clear & understandable!

Tickled Pink wrote on 2005-05-09 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
This is /beyond/ excellent! Outstanding, incredible, and fun to contemplate. Ten stars!

Anonymous wrote on 2005-05-08 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
Larger than Taikyoku Shogi!

dave jagger wrote on 2005-05-08 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
Couldn't stop smiling. Reminds me of Archimedes cow puzzle. Quite brilliant. Even deserves to win!

Gary Gifford wrote on 2005-05-08 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
My 'excellent' applies mostly to the presentation of this game. The illustrations, the writing, the very high intellectual look... all top rate. Unfortunately I presently do not understand enough about the game to comment on its specifics or on its playability. At first glance I thought that it was a work of sarcasm. And maybe it is... I just can't be sure. With a person's name like Salmon Chase I even thought perhaps we were being taken on a wild fish chase (up stream no less). But Salmon Portland Chase actually did exist. So, I find this work very intriging. Enough so that I imagine if Douglas Adams were still alive he may have been tempted to write, 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to Salmon P. Chess.'

Larry Smith wrote on 2005-05-07 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
I'm impressed! Definitely a mind-flip. And with ten players. Really cool. I'm looking forward to the first game. Let me know when.

Derek Nalls wrote on 2005-05-07 UTCPoor ★
Beautiful, complex geometries, notwithstanding, it is utterly unplayable even by modern supercomputers. Besides, only people can enjoy playing games.

Tony Quintanilla wrote on 2005-05-07 UTCGood ★★★★
Wow is right. This game puts all other multi-dimentional games to shame! I have to admit I can't even wrap my mind around the rules, much less a game. But, what a game to admire, even if in a distant way. I reminds me of 'Magister Ludi'. What if someone created a musical instrument that played notes according to the moves made. One could then play by musical intuition rather than by brute calculation, which for this game proves completely inadequate -- at least for me.... The game is beautiful too in its sheer complexity, grandeur and geometry. As Greg says, I can't imagine AI that could play the game either, but someone might be able to program an instrument to play it. What a dream. The only reason I don't rate it excellent is because I can't imagine actually playing it, unless a dream came true.

Greg Strong wrote on 2005-05-07 UTCGood ★★★★
Wow!  It's hard to say anything about this game but 'Wow!'  
The sheer scale of it has an audacity and boldness that must be respected.
 This game will not be playable by computers until quantum computers become
a reality, and probably not by humans until we've had a few thousand more
years of evolution.  Still, this page made me laugh a great deal, and the
extensive use of the number ten cannot be denied!

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