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The Chess Variant Pages



Game Courier History

2001

The PBM system is created by Fergus Duniho. It supports square and hexagonal boards in both ASCII and graphic formats. It enables email play of Chess variants by encoding the board configuration as FEN code, which it sends as an encoded URL along with other information, including a player's latest move. Games could be logged as clumsy html files. It functions only as an electronic version of a physical set. It lets players move pieces anywhere and does not enforce any rules.

Summer 2003

During the Summer of 2003, the PBM system was completely overhauled. It gained many new features, changed the basic way it works, and got the name Game Courier. Here are the primary changes:

Autumn 2003

February 2004

March 2004

October 2004

2005

January 2006

February 2006

October 2008