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George Duke wrote on 2008-12-08 UTC
To the extent Capablanca was thinking of the next stage of chess, he settled on size 8x10. True, he may have been dawdling after becoming world champion, emulating Sam Loyd (who had just died in 1911) with peculiar, challenging novelties. It was a mixture of interest by Capablanca, because he is shown photographically with Lasker playing some SuperChess at London on some size like 8x16 or 12x16. That would be in-your-face to the then-orthodoxy of Tarrasch, Marshall, Nimzowich, Alekhine. '8x10' would be Joyce Track One, and '8x16' would be Joyce Track Two. Obviously Capablanca dabbled in both. Earlier we said if we get the board right, it simplifies the task. Carrillo wonderfully traces 80 squares from Carrera to Winther. More such attempts at organization would help, such as with pieces and mutators. I began organizing pieces by types, introducing new category Multi-path to Leaper, Slider, Rider, Hopper. IAGO by Rich Hutnik has made the best start at organizing Mutators. This comment is intended as sidebar to NextChess3, where we are up to 21 CVs and growing and shows our gravitating to 8x10, rather than 9x9 and 10x10. All three of them are represented in the three CVs for next year 2009.

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