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IMPORTANT! The 100 Post Chess Variant Contest!
« on: January 17, 2018, 02:09:49 pm »
Hello!

Wow! When I started this forum a month ago I could have never imagined that only a few weeks later I would have this much activity on this obscure site! I'd like to thank you all sincerely for making this possible and I hope to see the forum grow even more!

We have reached the great milestone of 100 posts!

So I have a forum full of the best and brightest chess variant creators and scholars, what to do but have a contest!

In honor of the number 100, I found it logical to host a Decimal variant contest. The 10x10 board has a certain allure as a natural expansion of the 8x8 chess board, and has remained a popular chess variant board for centuries. HOWEVER, I want this contest to bring NEW variants into the world, and only new variants will be accepted. How would you deal with the 10x10 board?

To submit, Email or Message me in a private chat.

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS FEBRUARY 15th, Valentines Day.

There will be two winners, one prize for originality (be it mechanic, concept, theme etc) and one for playability. All games will be played by a panel of playtesters.

The winners will have a separate subforum dedicated to their variants and another potentially cash (emphasis on POTENTIALLY) prize of some kind, but may also be another form of prize (custom variant set created, etc).

Thanks,
Asher
« Last Edit: January 17, 2018, 08:52:20 pm by Asher Hurowitz »
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Re: IMPORTANT! The 100 Post Chess Variant Contest!
« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2018, 04:30:46 pm »
Well, I might just end up entering that 'distasteful' variant I was talking about the other day, because funnily enough, it's 10x10...
Might not be what's expected. In fact, it's something you're likely to least expect.
However, I think it's the first variant of its kind to be derived from internet culture, and for that merit could be given. I could be wrong.
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Re: IMPORTANT! The 100 Post Chess Variant Contest!
« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2018, 08:46:55 pm »
I hereby invent 100-square Gothic Chess, and name it Gothic 100.

:)

There, that was easy.

Setup as in 10x8 Gothic Chess, with pawns that can be pushed 2 or 3 moves on their first move, with en passant captures applicable to both types of single-move pawn pushes when the opponent has bypassed the advanced pawn.

There are 3 examples:

1. d5 Nh8
2. d6 e6 (pushed from square e9)
3. dxe7

1. d5 Nh8
2. d6 g9
3.d7 e7 (pushed e9-e7)
4. dxe7

1. d5 Nh8
2. d6 g9
3.d7 e6 (pushed e9-e6 right passed it!)
4. dxe7

Is this how other 100-square variants handle en passant?
« Last Edit: January 17, 2018, 08:56:08 pm by GothicChessInventor »

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Re: IMPORTANT! The 100 Post Chess Variant Contest!
« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2018, 08:50:52 pm »
I hereby invent 100-square Gothic Chess, and name it Gothic 100.

:)

There, that was easy.

Setup as in 10x8 Gothic Chess, with pawns that can be pushed 2 or 3 moves on their first move, with en passant captures applicable to both types of single-move pawn pushes when the opponent has bypassed the advanced pawn.

If you want to formally submit you'll have to do it via a private message.
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Re: IMPORTANT! The 100 Post Chess Variant Contest!
« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2018, 02:32:10 am »
What's the preferred format to submit a game? Do we post the game here, and inform you by PM that we're submitting it?

Or submit the entire game to you (Asher) by PM?

As a quick preview, I plan to submit a "re-furbished" variant. The original game was invented by someone in another country. I've played it, and seen others play it, and it's an extremelly well-designed game on a 10x10 board. The game and rules are excellent, but I plan to make stylistic fixes to the description (the author is not a native English speaker), make graphical improvements, and revise some piece names. Of course I plan to do this with the original author's knowledge, and properly credit him (if any prize, will share with him of course too).

Please confirm if such a submission is OK. It is new in the sense that as far as I know it's not currently catalogued in any document of "western" variants, and it's also new in the sense that graphics will be freshly "overhauled". But it's origin I think is several years old.
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Re: IMPORTANT! The 100 Post Chess Variant Contest!
« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2018, 09:59:23 am »
What's the preferred format to submit a game? Do we post the game here, and inform you by PM that we're submitting it?

Or submit the entire game to you (Asher) by PM?

As a quick preview, I plan to submit a "re-furbished" variant. The original game was invented by someone in another country. I've played it, and seen others play it, and it's an extremelly well-designed game on a 10x10 board. The game and rules are excellent, but I plan to make stylistic fixes to the description (the author is not a native English speaker), make graphical improvements, and revise some piece names. Of course I plan to do this with the original author's knowledge, and properly credit him (if any prize, will share with him of course too).

Please confirm if such a submission is OK. It is new in the sense that as far as I know it's not currently catalogued in any document of "western" variants, and it's also new in the sense that graphics will be freshly "overhauled". But it's origin I think is several years old.

Submit the entire game via PM, it's fine, but just for the future original games are preferred.
Indeed it is certain that Chess Variants make me happy.

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https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCb-lm6a8XZo0eqAhfR4QWOg

My Lecture at Yale University, aged 13
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smDO2Dpx5tg

My Youtube Channel on Rubik's Cube
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Re: IMPORTANT! The 100 Post Chess Variant Contest!
« Reply #6 on: January 18, 2018, 10:51:24 am »
Submit the entire game via PM, it's fine, but just for the future original games are preferred.

Ok Thanks. The game I have in mind is not original, or more specifically, it was not made originally for this contest. So to keep with the spirit of the format, I won't post it. But I may post it later in "Variant Reviews". :)
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Re: IMPORTANT! The 100 Post Chess Variant Contest!
« Reply #7 on: January 18, 2018, 03:00:22 pm »
Submit the entire game via PM, it's fine, but just for the future original games are preferred.

Ok Thanks. The game I have in mind is not original, or more specifically, it was not made originally for this contest. So to keep with the spirit of the format, I won't post it. But I may post it later in "Variant Reviews". :)

Please submit something else though!  ;D
Indeed it is certain that Chess Variants make me happy.

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Re: IMPORTANT! The 100 Post Chess Variant Contest!
« Reply #8 on: January 18, 2018, 05:17:47 pm »
Well, I might just end up entering that 'distasteful' variant I was talking about the other day, because funnily enough, it's 10x10...
Might not be what's expected. In fact, it's something you're likely to least expect.
However, I think it's the first variant of its kind to be derived from internet culture, and for that merit could be given. I could be wrong.

If I got your meaning when we were talking I don't think I would like you to submit that.
Indeed it is certain that Chess Variants make me happy.

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Re: IMPORTANT! The 100 Post Chess Variant Contest!
« Reply #9 on: January 18, 2018, 05:18:36 pm »
Well, I might just end up entering that 'distasteful' variant I was talking about the other day, because funnily enough, it's 10x10...
Might not be what's expected. In fact, it's something you're likely to least expect.
However, I think it's the first variant of its kind to be derived from internet culture, and for that merit could be given. I could be wrong.

If I got your meaning when we were talking I don't think I would like you to submit that.

@Ebinola please do submit something though!
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My Lecture at Yale University, aged 13
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Re: IMPORTANT! The 100 Post Chess Variant Contest!
« Reply #10 on: January 19, 2018, 12:19:26 pm »
Please submit something else though!  ;D
Ok, will do. Obviously good variants aren't slapped together quickly, so I'm glad you made the deadline February 15. With my current "to do" list I might need almost all that time. In the meantime, here are some of my thoughts on what makes a good variant:

2) Piece material is well balanced to produce strategic and tactical play. No pieces are too strong which can disrupt the harmony of good tension in a game. Obviously this means there are no easily captured, undefended pieces in the starting position (one example of a flaw in game design).

3) Graphics are well-produced, imaginative, and interesting. Armies which are based on a "theme" are cool in games too. (I've even seen games designed to simulate a situation from a famous book or movie).

4) Game pays homage to other works. Rather than an all-new invention, why not do something that builds on another's work? This means you have a new invention, but helps create interest in something that someone has done before. After all, the original work was also produced by someone who has the same interest in variants.

5) Respect chess tradition. Don't invent all new rules to obliterate the game of chess. Only slight changes are needed to make a much different game than chess. Be very selective in changing these elements: one king, one queen, row of pawns in front of army, rooks at corners, win is by checkmate, etc.

Any other good features, comments, or thoughts?
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« Reply #11 on: January 19, 2018, 09:10:11 pm »
I have submitted a variant, but I'll not post about it here until the deadline has been passed.
I tried to keep as faithful to the original game as possible but I may very well have screwed some things up here and there.
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« Reply #12 on: January 22, 2018, 08:37:15 am »
THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS FEBRUARY 15th, Valentines Day.
Too close, considering that it is not that easy to design a variant that is not similar to existing variants. Lets see  :-\

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« Reply #13 on: January 22, 2018, 09:28:12 am »
Oddly, I have a bunch of variants (untested) sitting in a folder. What's required is looking at them and deciding which ones are worth actually testing for submission.
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« Reply #14 on: January 22, 2018, 12:39:32 pm »
THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS FEBRUARY 15th, Valentines Day.
Too close, considering that it is not that easy to design a variant that is not similar to existing variants. Lets see  :-\

I do hope you submit something!
Indeed it is certain that Chess Variants make me happy.

My Youtube Channel on Chess Variants
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My Lecture at Yale University, aged 13
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smDO2Dpx5tg

My Youtube Channel on Rubik's Cube
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