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It belongs to categories: Orthodox chess, 
It was last modified on: 2015-04-20
 By H. G.  Muller. Wa Shogi. Game with many different rather weak pieces, with or without drops. (11x11, Cells: 121) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Kevin Pacey wrote on 2019-02-18 UTC

Just a guess, but this kind of version of shogi (i.e. of board size 11x11) might make for the optimally largest board size, if it's desired that games not take arguably too many moves in an average well-played game. I also don't know if Wa Shogi with drops would give computer engines a harder time if they played vs. people than would be the case for regular (9x9) shogi. Maybe Wa Shogi with drops would be hopeless for human players, in the long run in any case, if they're faced with a self-teaching machine.

Also, in the past I've noticed a game where a leading (and still active) Game Courier player remarked that he could not find anywhere to play Wa Shogi with drops against people online, which is the way I think I would much prefer to play it if I ever could give this well-tested game a try on Game Courier. At the moment there is no preset for Wa Shogi, with or without drops.

@ H.G:  In case you've not noticed, the setup diagram for this Wa Shogi rules page currently is not showing up for some reason.


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 By Jeffrey T.  Kubach. 8-Piece Chess. (Queen's Army chess, all 8 Back Rank Pieces different).[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Jeffrey T. Kubach wrote on 2019-02-18 UTC

Sample games 4 and 5 (both the randomized version) are available to view:

https://youtu.be/JzSj0je3jCU

https://youtu.be/LKTVXhRcExY


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It was last modified on: 2019-02-16
 By Greg  Strong. Game Courier Tournament 2019. (Updated!) Chess Variant Tournament to be played on Game Courier.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Jeffrey T. Kubach wrote on 2019-02-18 UTC
(disregard, wrong topic) can someone help me delete this while I look for it.

Aurelian Florea wrote on 2019-02-17 UTC

@Greg

I have edited my previous comment with the needed information.

Good luck!


Greg Strong wrote on 2019-02-17 UTC

Thanks.  And your rating for Hectochess?


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It was last modified on: 2015-05-31
 Author: Tony  Quintanilla. Inventor: John  Davis. Grand Tamerlane Chess. John Davis invented this variation of Mideast Chess. (10x10, Cells: 100) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
John Davis wrote on 2019-02-17 UTC

Thank you for noticing and your comment Nicolino. Mr Muller posted it here at my request. I only have an android phone and have not tried to submit my own rule pages. My idea with Grand Tamerlane, Grand Chu Shogi and Grand Courier is to make a basic set for beginners. Grand Chess and Eurasian Chess would round out the set. 


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It was last modified on: 2019-02-16
 By Greg  Strong. Game Courier Tournament 2019. (Updated!) Chess Variant Tournament to be played on Game Courier.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Aurelian Florea wrote on 2019-02-17 UTC

Thanks Greg,

For me:

Courier Chess Moderno 2;

Metamachy 4;

Symetric Chess 3;

Collosus 2;

Hectochess: 3;

Falcon Chess 4;

Gross chess 4;

Odin's rune chess 1;

Grand Shatranj D 2;

Janus Kamil Chess 3;

Maorider Chess 4;

Elven Chess 3;

Decima 4;

Sac Chess 1;

Unicorn Great Chess 3;

Heroes Hexagonal chess 1;

Tess Chess 1;

Opulent chess 4;

Shako Balbo 4;


This item is a game information page
It belongs to categories: Orthodox chess, 
It was last modified on: 2015-05-31
 Author: Tony  Quintanilla. Inventor: John  Davis. Grand Tamerlane Chess. John Davis invented this variation of Mideast Chess. (10x10, Cells: 100) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Nicolino Will wrote on 2019-02-17 UTC

@HG Muller

This is Grand Tamerlane Chess, not Grand Chu Chess


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It was last modified on: 2019-02-16
 By Greg  Strong. Game Courier Tournament 2019. (Updated!) Chess Variant Tournament to be played on Game Courier.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Greg Strong wrote on 2019-02-16 UTC

Ok, I have set the Max Time to 4 weeks and removed Apothecary as requested.  It looks like we might have around 8 players.  For anyone interested in playing, please rate each of these games with a value between 0 and 4.  Use 0 for a game you really, really don't want to play and a 4 for a game you really do want to play.  There are no limits - you could rate everything a 4 if you wanted to, but doing so would not accomplish anything.  Basically I'm going to total up the points for each game.  I will try not to include any games that have been given a 0, so if two games are very close in score, I may pick the lower rated one if it received no 0 ratings while the other one did.  So please use the 0 rating sparingly as that is basically a veto (unless lots of games get zeros.)

 

InventorGame
Jose CarrilloCourier Chess Moderno
Jean-Louis CazauxMetamachy
Carlos CetinaSymmetric Chess
Charles DanielColossus
Adam DeWittHectochess
George DukeFalcon Chess
Fergus DunihoGross Chess
Gary GiffordOdin's Rune Chess
Joe JoyceGrand Shatranj D
Jorg KnappenJanus Kamil Chess
Vitya MakovMaorider Chess
H. G. MullerElven Chess
Michael NelsonDecima
Kevin PaceySac Chess
David PaulowichUnicorn Great Chess
Tony QuintanillaHeroes Hexagonal Chess (v2)
Ben ReinigerTessChess
Greg StrongOpulent Chess
wdtr2Shako_Balbo

Please send me your ratings by email: [email protected]

 


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 By Jeffrey T.  Kubach. 8-Piece Chess. (Queen's Army chess, all 8 Back Rank Pieces different).[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Jeffrey T. Kubach wrote on 2019-02-14 UTC

Link below: sample game 3, which was played to completion despite an obvious winning advantage several moves earlier.  This is the Randomized version of 8-Piece Chess, with a back rank scrambled similarly to Chess960:

https://youtu.be/Ugse5kDlebg


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It was last modified on: 2019-02-16
 By Greg  Strong. Game Courier Tournament 2019. (Updated!) Chess Variant Tournament to be played on Game Courier.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Aurelian Florea wrote on 2019-02-12 UTC

I'm stil playing that has not changed :)!


Aurelian Florea wrote on 2019-02-12 UTC

About the tournament containing my game I'd like to retreat it for now as I had anyway improved the rules and not completed the new preset. Is that fine guys?


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 By wdtr2. Shako_Balbo. Game with Diamond Shape Board.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Kevin Pacey wrote on 2019-02-11 UTCExcellent ★★★★★

This game makes for a fine blend of two already interesting games.

At first when playing I felt like I was starting out missing an important pawn, but then I remembered that in chess, the Exchange Variation of the French Defence can produce plenty of interesting and decisive games, even between strong players.


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It was last modified on: 2017-11-30
 Author: Hans L. Bodlaender and Fergus  Duniho. Inventor: M G Balbo. Balbo's chess. Board with a strange shape designed to make Bishops stronger in relation to Rooks. (Cells: 68) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Kevin Pacey wrote on 2019-02-11 UTCGood ★★★★

Interesting board shape. I'm currently not absolutely sure that bishops are quite as strong as rooks, on average.


UPDATED! This item is a contest or tournament
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It was last modified on: 2019-02-16
 By Greg  Strong. Game Courier Tournament 2019. (Updated!) Chess Variant Tournament to be played on Game Courier.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Kevin Pacey wrote on 2019-02-11 UTC

I'm willing to play in this 2019 GC tournament. I'm happy with my Sac Chess variant invention being proposed for inclusion in the tournament.

Note that my email address is still found on my CVP personal info page; however, it's been a long time since I've been sent automated messages, e.g. reminding me whenever it is my turn to move in a game (to tell the truth, I don't miss the clutter in my email inbox that that causes).


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 By Jeffrey T.  Kubach. 8-Piece Chess. (Queen's Army chess, all 8 Back Rank Pieces different).[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Jeffrey T. Kubach wrote on 2019-02-11 UTC

Demo game 2 here:

https://youtu.be/OsNFekQyAWs

Black was holding up until a big blunder at the end.  At 3:40 in the video, Qg7 looks promising.


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 By Adrian  King. Scirocco. On ten by ten board with over thirty different pieces. (10x10, Cells: 100) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
H. G. Muller wrote on 2019-02-10 UTC

@John Davis: BTW, what is your opinion about the chess variant 'Scirocco'? This also seems heavily Chu-Shogi inspired, except that rather than doing away with all the piece promotions, like you did, it seems to put even more emphasis on those. The piece designs used in the article here are of course awful, hardly any better than writing the name on them in kanji. (I guess this would be enough to discourage anyone from trying it...) But I made an implementation of it in Jocly ( http://hgm.nubati.net/jocly ) using chess-style pieces, and it was possible to shape most of the pieces such that it would be quite easy to recognize / remember how they move, for someone with a bit of knowledge on chess variants (i.e. who knows about Ferz, Wazir, Alfil, Dabbaba, Camel and Zebra).


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 Author: Tony  Quintanilla. Inventor: John  Davis. Grand Tamerlane Chess. John Davis invented this variation of Mideast Chess. (10x10, Cells: 100) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
H. G. Muller wrote on 2019-02-10 UTC

This is the (corrected) Interactive Diagram for Grand Chu Chess. I guess I hadn't looked carefully at the coordinates of the Stag, as I expected the setup to be Grand-Chess-like, with empty squares on the second rank.

files=10 ranks=10 promoChoice=QLDHRSGBN graphicsDir=../membergraphics/MSelven-chess/ whitePrefix=w blackPrefix=b graphicsType=png symmetry=none startShade=#FFC000 pawn::::a3,b3,c3,d3,e3,f3,g3,h3,i3,j3,,a8,b8,c8,d8,e8,f8,g8,h8,i8,j8 knight:N:::d1,g1,,d10,g10 bishop::::b1,i1,,b10,i10 guard:G:K:man:e1,,e10 stag::FvRsW:gnu:a2,j2,,a9,j9 rook::::b2,i2,,b9,i9 horse:H:BW:crownedbishop:c2,h2,,c9,h9 dragon:D:RF:crownedrook:d2,g2,,d9,g9 queen::::e2,,e9 lion::KAND::f2,,f9 king::K::f1,,f10

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It was last modified on: 2019-01-02
 By Adam  DeWitt. Hectochess. 10x10 variant that can be played with 2 mismatched Chess sets.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
John Davis wrote on 2019-02-10 UTC

To H G, thank you for your efforts, but one small mistake, the Stags should start on the second rank next to the Rooks. This thread is not the appropriate place to carry on. Would you please post the interactive diagram of Grand Chu Shogi as a comment on my Grand Tamerlane page and post the link to the jocly Scirocco on the Scirocco comment page. I will post my thoughts on Scirocco on it's comments page.


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It was last modified on: 2017-08-07
 Author: H. G.  Muller. Inventor: Jean-Louis  Cazaux. Metamachy. Large game with a variety of regular fairy pieces.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Fergus Duniho wrote on 2019-02-07 UTC

Ideally, I want to treat Metamachy as a game in which White has the first move of the first turn but Black has a special setup move before White moves. The trouble is that the more complicated Game Courier has gotten, the more difficult it has become to change how it behaves. I have some ideas for what to do, but I also worry about breaking things to get it done. It also takes a lot of inspection of the code to figure out how it works and what can be changed. Some of my ideas might also be useful for supporting multi-player games, but that's another thing I have not added yet because of the difficulty in doing so.


This item is a game information page
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It was last modified on: 2019-01-02
 By Adam  DeWitt. Hectochess. 10x10 variant that can be played with 2 mismatched Chess sets.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
H. G. Muller wrote on 2019-02-07 UTC

Ah, sorry, I had forgotten all about that. I read back on it now, and it definitely seems a variant that deserves an article here.


John Davis wrote on 2019-02-07 UTC

To H. G. We talked about it in the Elven Chess comments and there is an unpublished preset under the name Grand Chu Shogi and a record of my play test with Joe.

To Ben, thank you . I have trouble finding free time between work and family. I have 8 unpublished presets, but Grand Courier and Grand Chu Shogi are the main ones.

To Adam. My long-term project is to make a basic set for beginners (a 10x10 board, peiclopeidia and a collection of games) and this is a good addition , but calling the Leo a Cannon isn't the only issue. In your rules for pawn promotion, you give the option to promote to a Vao, but not to a Pao. This might be another reason to avoid confusion and change the name of the Cannon to Leo and give the option to promote to Pao and Vao.


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John Davis wrote on 2019-02-07 UTC

Thank you Greg, the short answer is I prefer your array, Grand Betza Stong. The long answer. After my game of Chess on a Really Big Board with Georg Spengler, we both decided that the Rose was a horrible piece. Then I was mortified to find that our game is still on the Wikipedia page for CoaRBB. The Rhino is also mentioned in the article for the game and I wanted to try playing with that piece. With the Rhino being a slider, I hoped it would be less obnoxious then the Nightrider and a full major piece . I also wanted to play with the Phoenix and Kirin, and the number of pieces suggested a 10x10 board for a good piece density. This was my first attempt at an array from scratch and the Grand Betza array seems to favor white to much. If you don't wish to have your name attached to it, I'm ok, but I much prefer your array and would like to have it as the official array for a published preset under either Grand Betza or Grand Betza Strong, your choice. 


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 By Adam  DeWitt. Hanten Shogi. (Updated!) Variant of Suzumu Shogi with different promotion rules.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Adam DeWitt wrote on 2019-02-06 UTC

Note to editors: The site name for this page is incorrect. It should be https://www.chessvariants.com/rules/hanten-shogi instead of https://www.chessvariants.com/rules/ribashi-shogi. As this page hasn't been approved yet, the change can be made without any trouble.


This item is a game information page
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It was last modified on: 2017-08-07
 Author: H. G.  Muller. Inventor: Jean-Louis  Cazaux. Metamachy. Large game with a variety of regular fairy pieces.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
H. G. Muller wrote on 2019-02-06 UTC

Well, I guess black logically is the first player in Metamachy. Don't you have the same problem in Shogi?


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