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    Chess variants comprise a family of strategy board games that are related to, inspired by, or similar enough to the game we today call Chess . The game we commonly know today was based on earlier games, most immediately the Arabian game of Shatranj, itself descended from the Indian game of Chaturanga. Besides its direct ancestors, Chess has many cousins, the most popular being Shogi (in Japan), Xiangqi (in China), and Janggi (in Korea). The modern game of Chess has also inspired countless variants. Some have been created by Chess champions seeking new challenges. Some have been created by entrepreneurs who have provided commercial sets. Some have been created for fairy Chess problems without any intent of actually playing them. And most have been designed by creative people who like to try out new pieces, new rules, or new ideas.

    This site seeks to catalog the vast number of Chess variants created throughout history, as well as to nurture the creation of new variants. Thanks to computers and the internet, it is now easier to play new Chess variants than ever before. We have benefited from Zillions-of-Games, which has allowed us to program and play numerous Chess variants against the computer. And we offer Game Courier, which enables you to play numerous Chess variants against others online, including new games of your own invention. This time in history is a renaissance for Chess variants, and this site is here to share this renaissance with the world.

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    Author: Hans L. Bodlaender and David Howe.

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    2015-04-15 John Davis Verified as John Davis

    It would require a moderator, so I understand why not. Promoting the site is the best reason I can think of, I've seen others try to steer people here on but there is also alot of trolls on


    2015-04-15 Ben Reiniger Verified as Ben Reiniger

    No, we don't have a facebook page. (Should we? What purpose would it serve?)


    2015-04-14 John Davis Verified as John Davis

    Does this page have a Facebook page?


    2015-04-05 Fergus Duniho Verified as Fergus Duniho

    After I replied to the forwarded email, I found your discussion here about moves at a glance. It's something different than what I had imagined. I had imagined something showing the moves made in a game rather than move diagrams. I have sometimes thought of having Game Courier display legal moves, but the main stumbling block was that legal movement is defined server-side, and JavaScript is client-side. But I have now thought of a way it could be done. I could write a GAME Code subroutine that scans the board for pieces, calculates a list of legal moves for each piece, and writes the lists as a 2D JavaScript array. It could be used in the post-game code in place of a stalemate subroutine and indicate whether there is stalemate by returning the number of legal moves.


    2015-03-18 Ben Reiniger Verified as Ben Reiniger

    Yes, it works on my tablet now (also Android).

    I'm not very familiar with how to make this available to contributors for inclusion on their own pages. We had (and still do, but they now are very seldom used) the scripts ffen2diag and such; can we just upload your script to a convenient place on our site and have contributors include from there? (I'll be out of town for about a week and probably won't get around to this until I return; maybe just email me about implementation details?)


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