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This page is written by the game's inventor, Rich Hutnik.

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Rich Hutnik wrote on 2009-08-19 UTC
The issues chess faced of excess draws, games taking too long, and stale openings all have been addressed by the fast play (blitz/speed) variant.  The World Mind Sports games used the fast version of chess for its play.  Because of this, the FIDE community won't feel the need to speak to the variant community at all.  End result is that, rather than being an important part of the ecosystem of chess, the variant community is seen as some sort of freaks, which best go away, before they pollute things.  And, with this mentality, you will see individual islands of chess variants, with individuals believing they have 'the next chess' which typically end up going nowhere.

My experience with the commercial 'the next chess' variant folks (as opposed to those who just want to do fun variants) is they are close the the worst possible type of people to deal with.  There is one variant, that shall not be named on here, that bears evidence to that.

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