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Home page of The Chess Variant Pages. Missing description[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Albert Lee wrote on 2021-11-27 UTC

@Ben, thanks. It works now. I've posted a new chess variant already.


OctaChess Tournament. (Updated!) Chess with eight different armies with four classic and four modern chess variants.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Albert Lee wrote on 2021-11-23 UTC

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Home page of The Chess Variant Pages. Missing description[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Albert Lee wrote on 2021-11-20 UTC

I can't seem to submit a new game. I received the error below and could not proceed to Step 2:

Error: You must specify a User ID. Please press the 'Back' button and enter your user id.

I could not select anything under "Your user id". There is nothing for me to select. So, until this issue is resolved, I am not able to submit any new chess variant.


Chess vs Strong Makruk. Chess against an enhanced Makruk army in an 8x8 board.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Albert Lee wrote on 2021-08-29 UTC

Thanks, Fergus.


Albert Lee wrote on 2021-08-10 UTC

I have replaced the setup diagram with Chess and (Strong) Makruk pieces. I mention that the Chess army has the same pieces and rules as orthodox chess. I also added commentary on strategy for both the Chess and Strong Makruk armies in the Notes section.


Amazonia. 11x11 board with Pawns that promote to Princesses in the middle of the board.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Albert Lee wrote on 2021-08-05 UTC

Thanks, I have corrected the Princess' moveset diagram by adding sideways moves.


Albert Lee wrote on 2021-08-04 UTC

Hi Fergus,

I have elaborated more on the Flying General move and included Janggi as well in the explanation.


Chess vs Strong Makruk. Chess against an enhanced Makruk army in an 8x8 board.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Albert Lee wrote on 2021-08-03 UTC

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Amazonia. 11x11 board with Pawns that promote to Princesses in the middle of the board.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Albert Lee wrote on 2021-08-03 UTC

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The Consuls. Chess with two Kings and Pawns that can capture as Bishop, Knight, and Rook on the enemy side.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Albert Lee wrote on 2021-07-11 UTC

I just added description and links to a smaller variant of The Consuls on a 4x4 board in the Notes section.


Albert Lee wrote on 2021-07-11 UTC

Thanks for your effort, much appreciated!


Platonic Chess. Platonic solids in a complete 10x10 chessboard.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Albert Lee wrote on 2021-07-11 UTC

I added a link to play this chess variant using Zillions of Games.


The Consuls. Chess with two Kings and Pawns that can capture as Bishop, Knight, and Rook on the enemy side.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Albert Lee wrote on 2021-07-11 UTC

Thank you for creating this playable version!

I noticed that the Pawn promotion rules for Knight and Bishop are swapped. This is the supposed order of promotion which follows the sequence of the initial arrangement of pieces on the back rank: King, Bishop, Knight, and Rook.


Kingsmen. 9x9 board with two extra Bishops. Pieces gain the King's moveset upon reaching the last three ranks.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Albert Lee wrote on 2021-07-11 UTC

A special thanks for creating this playable version!


The Consuls. Chess with two Kings and Pawns that can capture as Bishop, Knight, and Rook on the enemy side.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Albert Lee wrote on 2021-07-09 UTC

Hi Fergus, thanks for your comment.

I have changed the description of the Pawn promotion rules from the point of view of the player who is promoting - 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th ranks.


Kingsmen. 9x9 board with two extra Bishops. Pieces gain the King's moveset upon reaching the last three ranks.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Albert Lee wrote on 2021-07-09 UTC

I added more details on how I invented Kingsmen and the thought process behind it.

I also added a link to play Kingsmen on Zillions of Games.


Palace. 7x7 board with a 3x3 Palace at the centre, where King promotes to Queen.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Albert Lee wrote on 2021-07-02 UTC

Thanks!


Kingsmen. 9x9 board with two extra Bishops. Pieces gain the King's moveset upon reaching the last three ranks.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Albert Lee wrote on 2021-06-28 UTC

Hi David,

Thanks for your question.

The crowned pieces have the ability to move one square in any direction like the King, but they are not royal. They can be captured just like any regular piece.

I've added a sentence to clarify this in the promotion section.


Platonic Chess. Platonic solids in a complete 10x10 chessboard.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Albert Lee wrote on 2021-06-28 UTC

Thanks, Ben.

The new layout of the piece descriptions looks good. I have added more comments in the checkmate section on how the tetrahedrons can also be checkmated by forking and skewering them, provided the attacking piece is not captured in the next move and the attack cannot be blocked.

While checkers pieces can be used as pawns, I thought it would be easier for the average chess player to use actual pawn pieces if they are familiar with chess already. I've added a note in the equipment section to clarify this.

I have added a few words in the pawn promotion section to emphasize that the promotions are only for capture. I hope it is clearer now. I also added some comments on how advancing the pawn to the last rank like orthodox chess may not be the best idea since it will not be able to advance passively anymore.

In theory, a single pawn or a Platonic solid piece can checkmate the opponent by forking the two Tetrahedrons. So there will always be enough material to checkmate the opponent as long as you have a Platonic solid piece or a Pawn that is not stuck at the last rank. I mention some of the possible forks and skewers in the checkmate section. Beyond that, I haven't gotten into any in-depth mating material analysis yet.


Palace. 7x7 board with a 3x3 Palace at the centre, where King promotes to Queen.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Albert Lee wrote on 2021-06-28 UTC

Thanks, Fergus.


Kingsmen. 9x9 board with two extra Bishops. Pieces gain the King's moveset upon reaching the last three ranks.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Albert Lee wrote on 2021-06-28 UTC

Thanks, Fergus.


Platonic Chess. Platonic solids in a complete 10x10 chessboard.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Albert Lee wrote on 2021-06-27 UTC

Hi Ben,

Thanks for your suggestion. I have changed the piece diagrams and use dots to indicate their movements.


Palace. 7x7 board with a 3x3 Palace at the centre, where King promotes to Queen.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Albert Lee wrote on 2021-06-27 UTC

Hi Fergus,

Thanks for your comment. I have replaced the blue squares at the centre with green.

There is supposed to be 3x3 palace (like Xiangqi) at the centre of the board, hence the different colours.


Bishops Chess. Chess with two light-squared and two dark-squared Bishops on each side.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Albert Lee wrote on 2021-06-12 UTC

Thanks for your feedback.

I have reinvented this chess variant into Kingsmen. The pawns are on the third rank like in Shogi, and cannot double advance on the first move (and hence no en passant).

Also like Shogi, all non-royal pieces in Kingsmen promote on the last three ranks. A promoted piece can move like a King (one square in any direction) in addition to its original moves.


Chimera Chess. Missing description[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Albert Lee wrote on 2020-12-05 UTC

Yes, I have pitted the two armies against each other in the Zillions of Games (ZoG) engine, and Chimera Chess turned out to be the winner every time.

Perhaps if the Flying Jester (ZoG calculates it as slightly weaker than the Knight) is weakened to Jester, the FIDE army might stand a chance.


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