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The Chess Variant Pages

The Piececlopedia is intended as a scholarly reference concerning the history and naming conventions of pieces used in Chess variants. But it is not a set of standards concerning what you must call pieces in newly invented games.

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George Duke wrote on 2009-08-23 UTC
Stuck in the loop of how to get out. In future, a better approach may be to focus on pieces rather than specific authored CVs. Proliferation went berserk -- everyone knows that -- and it's juvenile to make the pretense of setting out to play every 4000 CV rules-set, or saying someone else should. A little arithmetic shows it to be impossible in 33,000 days of a long life. It bears repeating over again until so many talkers stop resisting the simple corner we backed ourselves into. It's not just 4000 because each one has a twist and a tweak for variations, such as Stalemate, Pawn technicalities, starting array. Each little thing is a new CV with huge ramification, as intelligently just pointed out by Charles Daniel. Most CVs can only be admired as artwork. It all happened under our auspices. No one else is responsible. That era is dead, or dying, but a better one is emerging. Finally there is self-censorship in rules-sets. Game Courier has about same number of games played now as in 2004, its first full year. Three times the CVs and same level of play mean each one gets 1/3 the attention. That aspect is still static, and so there is only the latest fad. Once it was Pocket Mutation, then Rococo... New CV-playing engines are being developed, and they need guidance. Instead of the 21 mostly large CVs of NextChess3, I am going to select PIECES from PIECECLOPEDIA. We are on to something bigger than just fun for ourselves anymore, or some of us are. This PIECECLOPEDIA will be the way out of the contradictions.

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