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General Discussion / Re: Should this Forum have an Off-Topic section?
« on: June 13, 2018, 11:14:39 am »
Quoting Hans Eisler: „Anyone who only understands music, doesn’t understand that either“.

Maybe this also applies to chess and an off topic section would do no harm.

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I agree principally with GothicChessInventor and HGMuller.

In 2017 a new chess-variant of AntonioEsfandiari was invented: "Knights And Queens".

On chess.com was a tournament launched with 20 participants on February 2, 2017 with this new variant, which I won in December 2017.

https://www.chess.com/tournament/knights-and-queens-unrated

After the final I was the only player who did not lose a single game and won all 18 games. I was the best player, but that does not make me a world champion. That would be a very formal legal title with no real justification, even if 20 million chess players are active on chess.com and everyone could have participated in the tournament.

Nevertheless, the list from chilipepper can be useful, which people in which variants are best players. And maybe this helps make chess variants more popular if we have our own "stars".

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Variant Reviews / Re: Variant Description - Chess on an Infinite Plane
« on: January 21, 2018, 11:23:28 am »
The game can also quickly develop a deadly dynamic when stronger pieces are in play. Here's an example with a checkmate after 13 moves.
https://www.chess.com/forum/view/chess960-chess-variants/chess-on-an-infinite-plane-team-competition-game-3?page=2

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Variant Reviews / Re: One of my favorite Variants: Blank Chess
« on: January 20, 2018, 11:40:23 am »
A pawn inserted on the 2nd (or 7th line) can not move directly to the 4th (or 5th) line either?

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Variant Reviews / Re: One of my favorite Variants: Blank Chess
« on: January 20, 2018, 07:12:42 am »
I really like the idea and will try this next Friday with a friend OTB.
One question: May a Pawn be used on the baseline, even though he can never be there in the FIDE Chess?
And what would be the rules for the pawn after that? d8-d7 and then d7-d5 possible?
Or d8-d6?

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