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The Chess Variant Pages



Top 50 Games on Game Courier

Based on records of finished games on Game Courier, the games listed here have been sorted and ranked based on how many times each has been played here. The number of games played links to the logs of the actual games. The name links to a page with one or more presets for playing the game. In some cases, this will include alternate sets or boards that make use of the same settings file. Since more games have been played on Game Courier than there are official pages for, not every game will be linked to a preset page. You will also find links to settings files you can select for playing the game. These are listed in order of popularity. Since the preset defining a game does not have to include a settings file, and because settings files just weren't used when the earliest presets were made, some games here do not have any. In the rare instance in which a game has no preset page and no settings file, you can still find a preset for it by going to one of the games actually played.

The URL can take the following arguments: sort=rank to sort by rank, sort=alpha to sort alphabetically, min=number to filter out games played fewer than the given number of times, max=number to filter out games ranking above the rank given by the number, and past=number to filter out games finished before the given number of seconds before the present. Default values are sort=rank&min=0&max=0&past=0. For max and past, zero values really mean infinity. When all numeric filters are zero, it will include never-played games to give a complete listing of all games available on Game Courier.

Note that you are going to find here presets with rule-enforcement and others without it, and sometimes both will be available for the same game. Most presets without rule-enforcement will clearly state that they lack it. In case it doesn't, you can tell for sure by clicking the Edit button in a game's menu page and checking whether the code for rule-enforcement is there.

RankNumberNameSettings
1449Shogi default Japanese-PNG Japanese-CSS Motif-CSS Symbolic
2299Chess with Different Armies Unequal Armies default Knights-Colorbound Colorbound-Rookies Colorbound-Knights FIDE-Rookies Rookies-Colorbound Colorbound-FIDE FIDE-Colorbound Rookies-FIDE Knights-Rookies Rookies-Knights FIDE-Knights Knights-FIDE Nutty Knights Colorbound-Rookies_MOM Colorbound Clobberers Unequal_Armies_GS Remarkable Rookies Knights-FIDEss Colorbound-Knights_MOM FIDE-Colorboundvv Knights-Colorboundv FIDE-Knightss Knights FIDE-Colorbounds Classic-Rooksversion1 Colorbound-Knightsv Colorbound-Knightsvv FIDE-Knightsss Colorbound-Rookiess Knights-FIDEs Knights-Rooksversion Knights-Men NeglectedKnights
3232Chinese Chess GB-set fairychess
4224Symmetric Chess default rules
5198Chu Shogi chu
6196Chess JPG-Alfaerie default fairychess Chess3 PNG-Magnetic JPG-Alfaeriev CSS-Motif
7185Janggi default SWAP
8165Cetran Chess 2 asymmetric asym1tourney asymmetric-enforced reversed_symmetric asymmetric to carlos-sagi5 cameron-jeremy cetran2 sagi-carlos3 Cetran2 Asymmetric qrknchsaKSNRCAQH sqhrkncaHQRCKANS hcsraqnkHQCRAKNS ksnhcaqrAHCSRQNK krhcqnsaHACNKQRS rkqnaschKRQNCAHS crhnqskaANHRSCKQ mirror-symmetric
9163Glinski's Hexagonal Chess default PNG-Magnetic-Earthtones PNG-Magnetic-Earthtonesvvv alf PNG-Alfaerie-nicelooking
10151Fischer Random Chess Abstract special Alfaerie Abstract2 FRC01 FRC02 special-sagi-carlos makov-sissa
11120Ultima Galactic Galacticnocheck
12118Alice Chess default MagneticPieces alf
13112Eurasian Chess newrules Eurasian fairychess
14101Pocket Mutation Chess Alfaerie-fpd mageofmaple greg
1595McCooey's Hexagonal Chess default
1686Sac Chess default Default-Alternate Default-Standard Default-Abstract abstract
1784Omega Chess Alfaerie Omega Chess
1880Rococo Alfaerie
1978Grand Chess Abstract fairychess
2077Circular Chess default JPG-Motif 2
2171Shatranj Alfaerie-CSS
2268Shako Cazaux standard newcazaux
2367Modern Shatranj carrillo carrillo2 Modern_Shatranj
2465Universal Chess Alfaeries asymmetric Alfaeries-asymmetric Alfaerie reversed-symmetric73 reversed-symmetric24 JM-CC Alfaerie40std
2465Gross Chess default fairychess
2664Opulent Chess Alfaerie AlfaerieNew NoRules
2760Capablanca Chess default capa final capa defaultvvv
2760Latrunculi XXI Set2 Set9 Set1 Set8 Set4 Set3 Set7
2958Makruk (Thai chess) Alfaerie2r Alfaerie Alfaerie3 Alfaerie2 Alfaerie4
3057Falcon Chess Alfaerie
3156Caïssa Britannia default
3254Petteia XXI Set7 Set2 Set1 Set9 Set4 Set6 Set8 Set3
3351Kamikaze Mortal Shogi Symbolic Japanese-CSS Japanese-PNG
3351Crazyhouse Galactic
3547Maorider Chess default Maorider Chess Checkered
3646Euchess Euchess default
3742Colossus Quad rules
38414-WAY CHESS 4-WAY CHESS
3940Courier Chess AlfaerieCourier Alfaerie def
3940Apothecary Chess-Modern ApothecaryChess-Modern Apothecary_Chess-Modern
3940shako_balbo default standard
4239Wildebeest Chess default Wildebeest Chess Wildebeest Chess with rules Wildebeest
4239Berolina Chess Chess3 Alfaerie
4239Shatranji default
4239Pocket Shogi Copper default
4638Catapults of Troy
4638Dimension X Dimension X
4638Anti-King Chess II Alfaerie
4638Different Pawns Random Chess default
5037Maxima Galactic
Total Variants Listed: 50
Total Games Played: 4701


Written by Fergus Duniho
WWW Page Created: 07 April 2015