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Zillions-of-Games: Review. Review of Windows program for playing user-programmed Chess variants and other strategy board games.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Sam Trenholme wrote on Mon, Aug 12, 2013 12:57 AM UTC:
OK, I have added all of your Zillions files to my archive. If anyone knows of any other web pages out there with Zillions rules I haven't archived yet, let me know.

Since my archive does not have nearly enough Chess Variants (there are over 30,000 total variants on my archive right now), I have resolved the problem of which Capablanca opening setup is best by simply making a 500k Zillions file with all 36 of them with the King on the F file, rooks in corners, bishops on opposite colors, and symmetrical knights and bishops. Proposed Capablanca 10x8 setups usually follow the above conventions, so why not have all of them in one zip file (using Mats Winther's improvements for better Zillions play). There are two castling rules and five different pawn movements for each setup, giving us a total of 180 variants for everyone to try out. If a desired Capa setup is missing, I also have the tools for easily making a Zillions file for a new opening setup included in this zip file (A C compiler is needed).

The interesting question is this: Which of these 36 Capablanca setups minimizes draws as well as White's advantage? Right now, RANBQKBNMR looks best, but I will leave it to others to continue this research.

George Duke is probably right that the W-flyer (forward like Bishop, forwards and backwards like a Rook) which I invented in 1994 is probably a more interesting piece than coming up with yet another Capablanca opening setup.