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It belongs to categories: Orthodox chess, 
It was last modified on: 2008-10-13
 Author: Hans L. Bodlaender. Inventor: Wladyslaw  Glinski. Glinski's Hexagonal Chess. Chess on a board made out of hexagons. (Cells: 91) (Recognized!)[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Kevin Pacey wrote on 2016-09-19 UTCExcellent ★★★★★

For my own comparison of this fine variant to the equally fine McCooey's Hexagonal Chess, see my review for the latter variant.

Decades ago I saw values given for the pieces in Glinski's (that would seem to apply to McCooey's too): P=1; B=3; N=4; R=5; Q=9. I'd add that I estimate the fighting value of K=4 approximately (though naturally it cannot be traded).

Richmond Mathewson wrote on 2009-04-07 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
I have been playing Hexagonal chess with this layout:

for years. I believe it is better than Glinski's because there is greater
space between opposing pawns.

Tord Romstad wrote on 2006-03-23 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
Hexagonal chess is no more drawish than normal chess, and it is no more
difficult to deliver mate than in normal chess.  It is true that the king
has greater mobility, but so does most of the other pieces.  The reason
why some beginners believe that it's difficult to deliver mate is
probably that spotting mating patterns can be a bit tricky for beginners;
partly because the game is unfamiliar, and partly because there is a
bigger number of potential flight squares to inspect in order to mentally
verify that it is indeed a mate.

I am the author of Scatha, which is probably the strongest hexagonal
program available today.  Unfortunately, it only runs on Mac OS X.  If
someone is interested in giving the game a try against a strong opponent,
I would be happy to play a few informal e-mail games with Scatha.  I
be very impressed if someone manages a draw.

Gary Gifford wrote on 2006-03-16 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
In regard to Sam's comments about Glinski's great game.... I see no need to complain about it. It's been around since about 1936 or 1938 and little research shows that there were over 500,000 players of this game at one point... quite commendable. Also, it remains the most popular of hexagonal chess variants and even has world championship playoffs.

Andreas Kaufmann wrote on 2006-01-29 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
ZRF with a nice graphics can be downloaded from my homepage. ZRF is by J. Mark Thompson and Ivan A Derzhanski, graphics created by me.

Olya Chichkina wrote on 2005-04-02 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
Creative! It will probably take hours and hours, or days, or months to reach checkmate (if it's reachable at all!) since there's so much space on the board and I'm not sure if I'd want to play this more than once, but I'd love to have something like Hexagonal Chess as a decoration! Love the idea!

Bill wrote on 2004-12-19 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
I had no idea.  Great page and very informative.

I think I will try this variant of the month.

Ben wrote on 2002-08-16 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
Wow, this is definatly one for the logisticly inclined ;) It may make your head hurt, but it's a lot of fun.

Anonymous wrote on 2001-05-16 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
I searched all over the internet for basic information on Hexagonal chess and this one website gives me more information than all other websites combined!

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