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Which Chess Variants are Best?. Our collected resources for helping you find the best Chess variants.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Kevin Pacey wrote on 2017-04-15 UTC

Regarding how to try to get a rough idea at a glance which CVP members assess are the "best" of the relatively newer chess variants (as opposed to Recognized ones that tend to be older variants), I personally would not put as much weight on the Favorites list. I see one conflicting use of that list as being a good way to have a little tested game get noticed on CVP, without it being necessarily a sure bet as good game (I seem to recall Greg at one point felt similarly about having novel variants highlighted this way, so that they might have a better chance of getting testing). Instead, I'd put more weight on the lists of the actually played Game Courier Top 50, or the critically assessed (other than by a game's inventor himself, by convention) Average Games Ratings on CVP.

In my case, for example, when it comes to my personal Favorite Games list, which affects the overall CVP Favorites Games list, I've changed my picks over time, but lately I've included favouriting all 11 of my own invented games which currently have presets (out of my own maximum allowed 18 picks, which I've always fully used - a limitation which also may slightly affect how valid the CVP Favorites list is). I figured it's about the only way to get my variants with presets any sort of prominent notice on CVP, in case someone might not otherwise stumble onto them (only one variant of mine is anywhere near being among the top ones played on Game Courier, which has a long list of 1100+ games to scroll down through to get to the least tested ones). As time goes by, I may drop some of my games with presets off my personal Favorite Games list, if any number continue not to be played or rated/commented on on Game Courier or CVP, but if I had a higher limit than 18 picks, I might not bother (or need) to do so.