The site has moved to a new server, and there are now some issues to fix. Please report anything needing fixing with a comment to the homepage.

The Chess Variant Pages

Enter Your Reply

The Comment You're Replying To
Rich Hutnik wrote on 2008-04-09 UTC
Want to have a streamlined (less kludgy) version of chess with enough depth to it that you won't get bored as you teach newbies?  You want to have it so that they are also open to variants?  A newbie should be able to get going fully in less than 5 minutes.

Well, consider Skirmish Chess (this game), with the following changes:  When you teach the game, don't teach castling, and en passant is moot here (it doesn't have it).  Also pawns only move one way.  Also go with capture the enemy king instead of checkmate.  Also, limit promotion to the basic set of pieces.

You have a decent game that will be able to entertain yourself, and get people playing a form of chess that isn't trivial, and will get them going.  I believe this version would appeal to newbies, because it has a lot of action early in it, and a bunch of captures.

It should be noted that the changes above were added to Skirmish Chess, for a new variant called 'Near Chess'.  It is entered into the CV site and can be found here:

Edit Form

Comment on the page Skirmish Chess

Quick Markdown Guide

By default, new comments may be entered as Markdown, simple markup syntax designed to be readable and not look like markup. Comments stored as Markdown will be converted to HTML by Parsedown before displaying them. This follows the Github Flavored Markdown Spec with support for Markdown Extra. For a good overview of Markdown in general, check out the Markdown Guide. Here is a quick comparison of some commonly used Markdown with the rendered result:

Top level header: <H1>

Block quote

Second paragraph in block quote

First Paragraph of response. Italics, bold, and bold italics.

Second Paragraph after blank line. Here is some HTML code mixed in with the Markdown, and here is the same <U>HTML code</U> enclosed by backticks.

Secondary Header: <H2>

  • Unordered list item
  • Second unordered list item
  • New unordered list
    • Nested list item

Third Level header <H3>

  1. An ordered list item.
  2. A second ordered list item with the same number.
  3. A third ordered list item.

Alt text for a graphic image

A definition list
A list of terms, each with one or more definitions following it.
An HTML construct using the tags <DL>, <DT> and <DD>.
A term
Its definition after a colon.
A second definition.
A third definition.
Another term following a blank line
The definition of that term.