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It belongs to categories: Orthodox chess, 
It was last modified on: 2001-07-26
 Author: Hans L. Bodlaender. Inventor: Henk  van Haeringen. Superchess and Monarch. Booklet in English and Dutch and book in Dutch about large chess variants with fantasy pieces.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
George Duke wrote on 2008-11-03 UTCPoor ★
There are two Superchess being discussed, and more than two exist. This is the poor one, because of recycling stock pieces. Uncreative designers gravitate in tropism to multi-piece forms with many substitutions available, as here. Remarked before, the rating does not try to estimate the value of handiwork accompanying Superchess and Monarch. Programmer Mueller was taking up its cause partly because of its place of origin, we speculate. It is interesting that there are many better CVers of Holland, including the author here Bodlaender and his own designs.

H. G. Muller wrote on 2008-09-24 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
Note that I implemented the form of Superchess as it is played in the Dutch Open in Fairy-Max, and added support for it in WinBoard. People interested in playing Superchess against the computer, can download the entire package of WinBoard + Fairy-Max set up to play Superchess (although Capablanca, Cylinder, Berolina, Shatranj, Courier, the Unspeakable variant, Falcon Chess, and good old Mad Queen are also still on the menu) from:

http://home.hccnet.nl/h.g.muller/WinBoard_F.zip

The folder contains shortcuts for playing two kinds of Superchess, actually:

The kind that is played in the Dutch open has BN, RN, QN and KN compounds randomly replacing ordinary pieces in a symmetric array (two on Q-side, two on K-side) on an 8x8 board.

The other sub-variant features Emperors in stead of Kings as Royal pieces (an Emperor moves as King, but also has a two-step forward or backward (non-jumping) move), and has Betza's FWAD and WD, the Squirrel (NAD) and the BN compound as replacements in the initial array (also on 8x8).

This only samples a small part of the possibilities of Superchess, which features over 50 different fairy pieces, but it allows you to get a flavor of the game, at least.

Nasmichael Farris wrote on 2004-11-18 UTCGood ★★★★
Are there any gamescores of some particularly interesting games from the tournaments available?

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