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The Chess Variant Pages



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

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Rich Hutnik wrote on 2009-08-19 UTC
'Variant' in the context I am speaking, refers to changes in how chess is played to meet the needs of the community of players, based on the 'wear' to the game of chess.   An original change that went on was the 'Mad Queen' and 'Mad Bishop'.  After that was the need for time control for tournament play, so the chess clock was introduced.  And now, it appears that the reducing of time addressed a lot of issues with chess.  

Again, the comment 'speed chess is a variant?' bears witness to actually variants of chess getting shut out for consideration (well, outside of maybe Chess960).  The Capablanca school is persona-non-gratis.

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