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« on: January 03, 2018, 11:07:34 am »

Constructing Homemade Sets / Re: Interesting sets to make?
« on: December 30, 2017, 10:50:16 am »
I encourage you to make the Ko Shogi set on an igo board with stones, however feel free to do what you wish!

I would love a Chu Shogi set, save one for me please!   ;D

My former school chess coach Sunil, father of Hikaru Nakamura co-wrote this and asked me to edit some of the historical information, so I'm in the acknowledgments. It's more of a chess book than your standard Murray, but has some interesting history in it.

Constructing Homemade Sets / Re: Interesting sets to make?
« on: December 27, 2017, 01:24:14 pm »
All three seem amazing, I would love to see a Ko Shogi set on an actual Go board with characters painted on Go stones! How much would a Chu Shogi set be? Those Malaysian pieces look fun as well, it's all up to your preference! (I would personally power through and get Ko Shogi out of the way first before starting a smaller project)

Could you please PM some pictures?

General Discussion / Re: North Korean Janggi: They Play It Differently!
« on: December 27, 2017, 01:21:41 pm »
From what I have heard, yes.


I'd though I'd share with you what is perhaps the rarest item in my chess variant collection. This book is is no mere copy of H.J.R Murray's A History of Chess
(which everyone on this forum should own by the way, link below), it is of the original Oxford press print run, one of only five that I know exist. Published in 1913, it is now around one hundred and five years old, a true rarity indeed.

Buy a modern copy of the book (the #1 must have):

« on: December 22, 2017, 04:16:41 pm »

You are now able to set custom avatars for your user profile!

Additionally, spaces are now allowed in usernames so you don't have to contact or use an underscore (_)



I am a huge fan of Makruk, the chess of Thailand. Ever since I have gotten into the game, I have wanted a particular plastic set pattern, as many molds exist and are used by manufacturers there.

I particularly like the shade of the red pieces.

I will insert a few pictures below. If any of you have one that you are willing to sell please contact me ASAP. Thanks!

Variant/Chess History Books / Re: New Book: A World of Chess
« on: December 20, 2017, 05:46:44 pm »
I highly recommend this amazing work!  ;D
A essential addition to any chess variant enthusiasts collection,
a true masterpiece of our era!

General Discussion / North Korean Janggi: They Play It Differently!
« on: December 20, 2017, 04:47:10 pm »
I am fortunate to have many friends from South Korea, one of these friends has informed me that in the Communist North they play Janggi differently:

-The Chariots (車) are called the "missiles" (a reflection of their current warlike scientific goals) placed next to the advisors nearest to the fortress instead of the Elephants (象) or Horses (馬) instead of the traditional spot the chariots have occupied in every other variant I can remember, the back rank ends.

-The General (Cho楚/Han漢) is called the Marshall, regardless of side, discarding the foreign Chinese Chu/Han war for a more patriotic reflection of the countries system of government by using the preferred title of the current head of state.

What do you think?

« on: December 20, 2017, 04:20:12 pm »

I was inspired in part to create this forum by the twistypuzzles forum, a forum for fans of Rubik's Cube, another interest of mine. What intrigued me about their forum was the high standard that they held their members to in terms of ethics and post quality that is unfortunately rare on these interwebs. As a person who has participated in and observed forums before, I am going to be implementing SOME of those rules here, but I am sure that like the mature carbon-based life forms we are that most of this will be obvious to you.

Any form of spam or unnecessary commendation or posts such as a wall of colons that is often seen on other forum sites is prohibited. I am talking about AN EXTREMELY EXAGGERATED version of this, such as a million smiley faces, and YOUR QUICK ONE SENTENCE COMMENTS ARE WELCOME. Repeated spam in this category could result in warnings and suspension from the forum for a period of time.

Additionally ANY form of hate speech is strictly prohibited and will result in an immediate permanent ban from this site.

Please also post things within a relevant subforum, if one does not exist just contact me and I will be happy to add one!


Asher Hurowitz
Forum Administrator

We all know of the famous Polgar sisters and perhaps their father Dr. Lazlo Polgar. What is unknown is perhaps one of the great new up and coming variants has been published by this legendary chess aficionado. Known as "Polgar Superstar Chess," this variant brilliantly packs all of the fun and depth of chess into a quicker, perhaps slicker variant. Unlike most chess variants, this one is extremely cheap for what it is, with a portable magnetic set going for just $15 on (the link to buy is below), and so far I have not regretted this purchase a single bit. With tournaments in Hungary and Israel (where a good portion of my family hails from), this game has started to become popular, and for good reason. Custom set ups seen in Sittuyin make for infinite replay-ability, and the strange shape of the board coupled with some enhanced/detracted piece values make tactics interestingly refreshing. It is on average a quicker game then your standard match of chess, but is nevertheless extremely intellectually stimulating. The game is equally interesting in the medium of puzzle construction, and many puzzles have been crafted for you to try in the link to the official website below, which I highly recommend you check out. I even like the intriguingly different Eastern European style pieces, which can be used by similarly frugal teenage enthusiasts in homemade variants!

Overall, for the chess enthusiast, whether as an exercise in tactics or a game to play competitively, I highly recommend this game. If anyone has any personal affiliation with the esteemed doctor, I would ask if you could ask him to join our forum, as his insights pertaining to his fine game would be wonderful.

General Discussion / Welcome to The Chess Variant Forum!
« on: December 20, 2017, 01:41:24 pm »

Our community of chess variant lovers has never really had a single platform of communication before. When engaging other Chess fans on other sites I have found that few players are willing to depart from talking about the standard European game. I hope this forum consolidates our community and allows for variant fans to share their experiences with others who share this wonderful passion, as well as make information and resources pertaining to the play and creation of games more accessible then ever.

I hope to see this forum thrive for years to come!  :)
Asher Hurowitz
Forum Administrator 

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