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I been recently looking into chess variants. I mainly looked at beyong chess, bughouse chess, chess 960, chess empire, omega chess, and losing chess. What are your opinions on these and others if you've played them? My favorite one is losing chess.
You failed to mention my favorite, Seirawan chess. I play this with my friend from time to time and it's a lot of fun. And the house of staunton now sells sets with the additional Hawk and Elephant pieces.
Chess960 is also fun. In general I have a hard time getting people to play any variants. They don't want to leave the safetey zone I think.
i mentioned ones i looked into but i'll check into that one
i play losing chess or capture chess with my friends all the time.
Has anyone ever played omega chess? Or do you know anything about it? What is your opinion of omega chess? What do you think of the additional pieces and larger board?
Omega chess looks fun. I really like playing chess on a torus because all the pieces get traded early and you get an interesting king and pawn ending! Plus mating the king is as hard as mating it in the middle of the board
i haven't played it yet or studied the new pieces but i'd like to but the set is a little to much for me
Think of how hard it would be to mate on a sphere. Oh, I guess you'd have to modify the starting position so it's not over before it starts.
My slight concerns would be:
1. will it make my normal chess worse? (if that's even possible)
2. will my opponent be much more familiar with it than me?
960 is just a random set up it takes more stragy since the set up is completly randomish. depending on the head on your shoulders it could imporve or worsen your normal chess skills. it solely depends on your opponet like bobby ficsher has great skills cuz he created it, compared to a beginner in chess you could win.
Chess 960 and bughouse are my favs (960 is the only thing I play live). Gothic Chess is cool too, don't think that one was mentioned.
what's Gothic chess? bug house is fun. i'ven't had a die so i can play 960 often.
The chess variants I've played:
Bughouse: Lots of fun, but gotta play it blitz.
Nightmare Chess: The cards are way too random. If you severely limit their use it can be an good game, though.
Proteus: Way to slow by the rules given. I would think with other rules this could work really well, but I haven't spent enough time trying to come up with alternatives.
Fischer Random: Cool game. You have to be much more careful in the opening, but you get some new positions that lead to interesting games.
Tile Chess: Only played it once. It seemed like it had promise, but we were playing three player and it fell prey to the kingmaker problem. Beyond Chess (which I have but have not played) looks like it might have similar possibilities.
Star Trek Chess: Another interesting one with poor rules. The mini-boards can move, but actually moving them is incredibly hard and of little use.
This other website contains details of hundreds of chess variants. This is just their top-level menu ...
My favourite is when you are supposed to reach the opponents side. We play that the king is just a pice among others so you can take it but it wont matter.
I aso like loosing chess. Dont know the american name but I think you understand, you have to take pices when you can and if the opponent taken all of your pices you win.
bughouse is very fun to play live
Jradis it has a few names i call it. Loser's chess, capture chess, suicide chess. i would like the staff of chess.com to add some varients so people can play online.
What if a Seirawan or "Gothic" army decided it didn't like an Omega army?
That would be a pay-per-view event packing all the excitement of a Mike Tyson fight from back in the day. No, I mean it. It would be just as exciting. (You see the joke there is that Mike Tyson fights never lived up to expectations.)
But it would be good to know who kicks more butt, Seirawan chess or omega chess. And the only way to find out is to have them fight. You'd have to give to Sierawan side a couple extra of their special pieces so the personnel on both sides would be even. But right there's your main event. And make it high stakes by saying that a group of masters were going to endorse the winning variant.
Some people already play suicide chess on this site. e.g. timmaylivinalie
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