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Amy's Blog

Chess is a narrow way.  I leave all pleasure behind.  It is a time without pleasure, yes.

--Jan Timman, Dutch Grandmaster


    • Santana Row Chess Park

      Here's a chess video recorded at the wonderful Santana Row chess park in San Jose, California.  (This is not my own video...I just found it on YouTube.) Warning: this video is boring...just some guy talking about his chess game...so I suggest yo... | Read More

      • qixel
      • | Dec 2, 2009
      • | 2525 views
      • | 4 comments
    • Cyberboard: A Chess Variant Construction Set

      Although Cyberboard was originally designed to play historical simulation games (aka wargames), I think it is a great resource for all lovers of chess variants. Cyberboard allows you to play a game via email using a GUI (graphical user interface)... | Read More

      • qixel
      • | Oct 6, 2009
      • | 3008 views
      • | 3 comments
    • All the King's Men: They Ruined Smess !

      In 1970, Parker Brothers published Smess: The Ninny's Chess.  The colorful board, goofy pieces, and crazy names marketed the game toward kids (under the assumption, maybe, that no kid in his/her right mind would want to play a serious chess varia... | Read More

      • qixel
      • | Sep 27, 2009
      • | 6286 views
      • | 7 comments
    • DragonChess: Chess with, well, dragons

      This week's variant is DragonChess (not to be confused with Dragon Chess, the 3D chess invented by D&D creator, Gary Gygax). I happened to see DragonChess quite by accident in a game store in downtown Seattle.  Unfortunately, because I was... | Read More

      • qixel
      • | Sep 19, 2009
      • | 2841 views
      • | 7 comments
    • Geraniums: A Chess Love Story

      Viktor had been a professor of mathematics at the university, but now retired he lived alone in a second-story room that looked down on a gravel driveway and a row of untended geraniums.  The geraniums upset him because they grew wild and climbed... | Read More

      • qixel
      • | Sep 2, 2009
      • | 1123 views
      • | 8 comments
    • Navia Dratp: Chess with Manga Babes

      Navia Dratp is definitely one of the coolest chess (or, rather, shogi) variants.  Unfortunately, it is a commercial product no longer in print...so visit your favorite Internet auction house to get a copy. The figures in Navia Dratp are collec... | Read More

      • qixel
      • | Aug 31, 2009
      • | 3777 views
      • | 4 comments
    • Ploy: 1970s Chess (Groovy !)

      In a Simpsons episode, Lisa rides the EPCOT-like "The World of Tommorrow".  "This is what the people in 1964 thought the world would be like in 1987," she says. Well, Ploy must be what people in 1970 thought chess would be like in 1999, when we... | Read More

      • qixel
      • | Aug 26, 2009
      • | 1205 views
      • | 5 comments
    • Octi: Play Chess With Your Own Rules

      In chess when I see a square where I can produce a knight fork, I'll often move my knight there, even if the knight can almost, but not quite, reach that position.  It's an honest mistake.  No, really, it is.  I call it "Knight Blindness".  I ... | Read More

      • qixel
      • | Aug 19, 2009
      • | 2657 views
      • | 5 comments
    • Omega Chess

      Omega Chess is my favorite commercial chess variant (not that I've tried them all). It's played on a 10x10 board with an extra square at each of the four corners.  It also has two new pieces:  the champion that jumps two squares in any directio... | Read More

      • qixel
      • | Aug 13, 2009
      • | 3358 views
      • | 4 comments
    • Raumschach (3-D chess)

      There are many variants of 3-D chess.  An old one, invented in 1907 by Ferdinand Maack, is called Raumschach (Space Chess).  It is played on a 5x5x5 three-dimensional grid.  Each side has twenty pieces.  The pieces move like their counterparts... | Read More

      • qixel
      • | Aug 10, 2009
      • | 7580 views
      • | 7 comments