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  • Index: Themed Chess Variants

    Academic (set in cities noted for their rivers and universities)

    • Avon (Bath and Bristol)
    • Cam (Cambridge)
    • Isis (Oxford)

    Children's

    Economics

    History

    Not necessarily actual historical variants, but variants with historical themes.

    Literature

    Mathematics & Science (Physics/Chemistry/Astronomy)

    Miscellaneous/Novelty Themes

    Naval/Nautical

    Political/Spy/Thriller

    Animals

    Cinema

    (see also literature for e.g. LOTR-themed variants)

    SF/Fantasy/Futuristic

    Not just variants with an SF/F flavour in the rules, but also those arising out of an SF/F setting. For example, there is nothing overtly fantastic about Gothic Isles Chess (apart from the names of some of the pieces), but it was developed as part of a Fantasy setting and so belongs here. Much the same applies to Star Trek 3-Dimensional Chess. On the other hand, mere names of pieces are not enough to qualify a variant as SF/F, since so many variants have Fantasy-style piece names that it would become meaningless to include all of them e.g. Omega Chess would not belong here. Finally, I have included Dunsany’s Chess purely because its inventor, Lord Dunsany, was a famous Fantasy writer.

    Sport

    Wargames/Roleplaying

    Given the origins of Chess as a wargame, all variants are in a sense wargames too. However, I am talking about variants that are influenced by modern wargames/RPG’s, with their emphasis on realistic simulation (as opposed to the relatively abstract and symbolic nature of most members of the Chess family). Variants included in this category tend to borrow modern wargame/RPG concepts like attack/defence factors, missile fire, promotion to higher levels, hit points, the role of chance, fog of war, etc.


    Created by: Brett Ward. Created on: September 23, 2001. Updated on July 29, 2002.

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    Created on: September 23, 2001. Last modified on: July 29, 2002.

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