Originally posted by TyrannosauruschexWait a moment I know who you are! you are obvioulsy Dr Who! who else would refer to a game dating back to the 12th century as 'new' Yes to be fair it seems to have fizzled out at some point and as was resurected in the 80's
I went to university with a former world champion names Michael Jones, he was always quite keen to get people into it but I am more a believer in mastering the real chess game before inventing new crazy varients.
Originally posted by TyrannosauruschexHave you played a few games? after thinking about it (for only 5 mins), my thoughts were:
Well there are some very big differences with the pieces, rooks are extremely powerful now and exchange sacrificing is not reccomended. Bishops are relatively weak as they have a very limited range.
Kings are also a bit harder to mate, with there being no corner for them to be chased into, some usual mates like B+B N+B and even rook checkmates are not possible by force.
Originally posted by TyrannosauruschexI take back what I said earlier (about higher rated players not playing) as I see David Howell won the world championship is 2002 when he was rated 203 ecf. This is what he said:
I have only played it once, and lost. Mike explained the intricacies of the game to me in several attempts to get me to play again but, since I have no natrual aptitude for games and have to learn everything about them by experience, I didnt really want to commit to spending a long time getting good at a new game.
Originally posted by zin23It looks too 'gimicky' and much more distant to original square chess to me, but I suppose it's very subjective. I could understand players saying the same about circular chess. But I quite like the idea that the pieces move the same way and there are two fronts to attack/defend. But even that creates major differences for example you obvioulsy cannot corner the king so mating pattens/material will be completely different
There are many chess variants out there - I am surprised, more people are not interested.
An interesting one I found is at:
It is a 10x10 board with 4 extra squares sort of similar to Omega chess but it has a piece that flies over rather than a wizard.
Originally posted by zin23There are no corners on a circular chess board, so the king cannot be cornered, I do not ahve any interest as I said in the other 'gimmicky chess offshoots
I am not sure I understand. Are you referring to Circular chess, birds and Ninjas or Omega chess when you say king cannot be cornered?
In omega chess a rook and king cannot mate a lone king, but in Birds and Ninjas they can, and the patterns are very similar to regular chess.
The only thing new in these games (birds, omega) are the two pairs of pieces. I initially liked the wizard in omega chess, but the flying bomber thing seems cool too.