The Chess Variant Pages



Top 50 Games on Game Courier

Based on records of finished games on Game Courier, the games listed here have been sorted and ranked based on how many times each has been played here. The number of games played links to the logs of the actual games. The name links to a page with one or more presets for playing the game. In some cases, this will include alternate sets or boards that make use of the same settings file. Since more games have been played on Game Courier than there are official pages for, not every game will be linked to a preset page. You will also find links to settings files you can select for playing the game. These are listed in order of popularity. Since the preset defining a game does not have to include a settings file, and because settings files just weren't used when the earliest presets were made, some games here do not have any. In the rare instance in which a game has no preset page and no settings file, you can still find a preset for it by going to one of the games actually played.

The URL can take the following arguments: sort=rank to sort by rank, sort=alpha to sort alphabetically, min=number to filter out games played fewer than the given number of times, max=number to filter out games ranking above the rank given by the number, and past=number to filter out games finished before the given number of seconds before the present. Default values are sort=rank&min=0&max=0&past=0. For max and past, zero values really mean infinity. When all numeric filters are zero, it will include never-played games to give a complete listing of all games available on Game Courier.

Note that you are going to find here presets with rule-enforcement and others without it, and sometimes both will be available for the same game. Most presets without rule-enforcement will clearly state that they lack it. In case it doesn't, you can tell for sure by clicking the Edit button in a game's menu page and checking whether the code for rule-enforcement is there.

RankNumberNameSettings
1446Shogi default Japanese-PNG Japanese-CSS Motif-CSS Symbolic
2261Chess with Different Armies Unequal Armies default Knights-Colorbound Colorbound-Rookies Colorbound-Knights FIDE-Rookies Rookies-Colorbound Rookies-FIDE Colorbound-FIDE FIDE-Colorbound Knights-Rookies Rookies-Knights Colorbound-Rookies_MOM Unequal_Armies_GS FIDE-Knights Knights-FIDE Colorbound Clobberers Nutty Knights Knights-FIDEss Colorbound-Knights_MOM Remarkable Rookies Knights FIDE-Colorboundvv Knights-Colorboundv FIDE-Knightss FIDE-Colorbounds Knights-Men Knights-Rooksversion Classic-Rooksversion1 Knights-FIDEs Colorbound-Rookiess FIDE-Knightsss Colorbound-Knightsvv Colorbound-Knightsv NeglectedKnights
3228Chinese Chess GB-set fairychess
4184Chu Shogi chu
4184Symmetric Chess default rules
6179Janggi default SWAP
7176Chess JPG-Alfaerie default Chess3 fairychess PNG-Magnetic JPG-Alfaeriev CSS-Motif
8159Glinski's Hexagonal Chess default PNG-Magnetic-Earthtones PNG-Magnetic-Earthtonesvvv alf PNG-Alfaerie-nicelooking
9144Fischer Random Chess Abstract special Alfaerie Abstract2 FRC01 FRC02 special-sagi-carlos makov-sissa
10141Cetran Chess 2 asymmetric asym1tourney reversed_symmetric asymmetric to carlos-sagi5 cameron-jeremy cetran2 sagi-carlos3 Cetran2 Asymmetric mirror-symmetric
11118Ultima Galactic Galacticnocheck
12105Alice Chess default MagneticPieces alf
13101Pocket Mutation Chess Alfaerie-fpd mageofmaple greg
1499Eurasian Chess newrules Eurasian
1587McCooey's Hexagonal Chess default
1682Omega Chess Alfaerie Omega Chess
1779Rococo Alfaerie
1873Grand Chess Abstract fairychess
1971Shatranj Alfaerie-CSS
2069Circular Chess default JPG-Motif 2
2165Universal Chess Alfaeries asymmetric Alfaeries-asymmetric Alfaerie reversed-symmetric73 reversed-symmetric24 JM-CC Alfaerie40std
2263Gross Chess default fairychess
2263Modern Shatranj carrillo carrillo2 Modern_Shatranj
2462Shako Cazaux standard newcazaux
2559Latrunculi XXI Set2 Set9 Set1 Set8 Set4 Set3 Set7
2658Sac Chess default Default-Alternate Default-Abstract Default-Standard abstract
2756Falcon Chess Alfaerie
2756Makruk (Thai chess) Alfaerie2r Alfaerie Alfaerie3 Alfaerie2 Alfaerie4
2953Caïssa Britannia default
3052Petteia XXI Set7 Set2 Set1 Set9 Set4 Set6 Set8 Set3
3150Kamikaze Mortal Shogi Symbolic Japanese-CSS Japanese-PNG
3249Opulent Chess Alfaerie AlfaerieNew NoRules
3348Capablanca Chess default capa final capa defaultvvv
3446Maorider Chess default Maorider Chess Checkered
3545Crazyhouse Galactic
3641Euchess Euchess default
36414-WAY CHESS 4-WAY CHESS
3838Dimension X Dimension X
3838Anti-King Chess II Alfaerie
3838shako_balbo default standard
3838Catapults of Troy
4237Wildebeest Chess default Wildebeest Chess Wildebeest Chess with rules Wildebeest
4237Pocket Shogi Copper default
4237Maxima Galactic
4536Moderate Progressive Chess default Silver-Gifford
4536Shatranji default
4536Glinski's Hexagonal Chess (Symmetric) Default
4834Colossus Quad rules
4933Great Shatranj Great Shatranj D Great Shatranj R
5032Berolina Chess Chess3 Alfaerie
5032Seirawan Chess Seirawan Chess seirawan(big) seirawan2(big)
Total Variants Listed: 51
Total Games Played: 4395


Written by Fergus Duniho
WWW Page Created: 07 April 2015