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Which Chess Variants are Best?. Our collected resources for helping you find the best Chess variants.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
🕸📝Fergus Duniho wrote on Sat, Feb 18, 2023 07:45 PM UTC in reply to Kevin Pacey from 06:46 PM:

I'm wondering if a link to 'Featured Games' should be included on this page (or would 'Featured Games' be way too long a list, and currently include many games that aren't special enough?).

We have not been actively featuring games, and most of the games we have featured are already listed as recognized variants.

Kevin Pacey wrote on Sat, Feb 18, 2023 06:46 PM UTC:

I'm wondering if a link to 'Featured Games' should be included on this page (or would 'Featured Games' be way too long a list, and currently include many games that aren't special enough?).

Zied Haddad wrote on Tue, Nov 12, 2019 02:02 AM UTC:Good ★★★★

Hi all,

I'd like to share with you a project. Creating a classification of Chess Variants using "pragmatic methodology" to compare them.


Please share with me your thoughts here, or at the following link:

George Duke wrote on Sat, Apr 15, 2017 07:07 AM UTC:

By play here, Latrunculi by Jose and Symmetric by Carlos are way ahead of every other one by modern designers, looking at last year and other lengths. I don't think of Korea, Thai, Chinese, or Shogi as chess variants, because I've always known of them. So that even more puts  Latrunculi and Symmetric the top two. If you don't play it, don't rate it used to be the maxim, too.  Face it, that any newer CV has long odds to be played formally more than couple of times all of 2017, except by the inventor. There are not just the thousand Game Courier ones, but another 2-3 thousand without presets, and most of my recent 'excellent' to CVP games I notice have no Preset.  Then there are generic ways to generate thousands and even millions of CVs. For examples, "Polypiece" by Betza for millions and "91.5 Trillion" guessed it. There are as many rules combinations as possible game scores -- or two different orders of infinity. 

Kevin Pacey wrote on Sat, Apr 15, 2017 05:37 AM UTC:

Regarding how to try to get a rough idea at a glance which CVP members assess are the "best" of the relatively newer chess variants (as opposed to Recognized ones that tend to be older variants), I personally would not put as much weight on the Favorites list. I see one conflicting use of that list as being a good way to have a little tested game get noticed on CVP, without it being necessarily a sure bet as good game (I seem to recall Greg at one point felt similarly about having novel variants highlighted this way, so that they might have a better chance of getting testing). Instead, I'd put more weight on the lists of the actually played Game Courier Top 50, or the critically assessed (other than by a game's inventor himself, by convention) Average Games Ratings on CVP.

In my case, for example, when it comes to my personal Favorite Games list, which affects the overall CVP Favorites Games list, I've changed my picks over time, but lately I've included favouriting all 11 of my own invented games which currently have presets (out of my own maximum allowed 18 picks, which I've always fully used - a limitation which also may slightly affect how valid the CVP Favorites list is). I figured it's about the only way to get my variants with presets any sort of prominent notice on CVP, in case someone might not otherwise stumble onto them (only one variant of mine is anywhere near being among the top ones played on Game Courier, which has a long list of 1100+ games to scroll down through to get to the least tested ones). As time goes by, I may drop some of my games with presets off my personal Favorite Games list, if any number continue not to be played or rated/commented on on Game Courier or CVP, but if I had a higher limit than 18 picks, I might not bother (or need) to do so.

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