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🕸Fergus Duniho wrote on Fri, Dec 11, 2009 08:56 PM UTC:
The reason I create and play chess variants is because of my profound interest in chess-like games. I like variety and do not want to limit myself to one form of chess. That being said, it is quite obvious that the number playing chess variants has been quite small. I certainly don't see myself as being in one camp vs the other. I don't see the popular form of chess as the 'ENEMY'. And I certainly cannot predict 200 yrs in the future and claim chess will be dead though it could very well be ..who knows?
I can guarantee though that in the near future 10-20 yrs or so orthodox chess will be as popular as it is now and will not decline. I think it is important to understand if the public loses interest in std chess, they surely will not be interested in any chess-like game on this site, so it isn't too wise in hoping for the demise of '64 sq chess' and corresponding emergence of 'next chess' - ain't gonna happen.
On the other hand, getting new people interested in a variety of chess-like games - that could work ...

I agree with these comments 100%. This is so much in line with my thinking on the subject, I could have written these words myself. I just didn't. Thanks for this articulate expression of my own opinions, Charles.

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