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  1. Why is chess so popular among board games of skill?

    by , 09-26-2016 at 02:09 PM (Games, analysis and discussion)
    On the Chess Variant Pages website, webmaster Fergus Duniho recently wrote:

    "...Chess has been finely honed by natural selection to be free of arbitrariness. Every rule and piece in Chess serves a purpose, and none are arbitrary. Since Chess is what won the survival of the fittest among Chess variants, I expect that any variant capable of succeeding Chess would also have to be free of arbitrariness. But most Chess variants differ from Chess through some arbitrary change to it, ...

    Updated 10-09-2016 at 12:37 PM by Kevin Pacey

    Chess issues
  2. Re: large-scale conspiracies debunked by math equation

    by , 09-09-2016 at 09:51 PM (Games, analysis and discussion)
    Here's a link from this year, with a theory I don't quite believe re: conspiracies. It claims just a relatively low number of people (under 3000) involved would inevitably lead to the conspiracy being revealed (by 5 years time). One notable estimate is that 400,000+ would need to be involved if [manmade global] climate change were a deliberate hoax (I'd say maybe it is a hoax, but junk science also could be a possible explanation): ...

    Updated 04-17-2017 at 12:51 PM by Kevin Pacey

    Nothing to do with chess
  3. Discussion of some modern problems for chess (e.g. computers)

    by , 09-04-2016 at 01:05 AM (Games, analysis and discussion)
    Here's a list of what at least some people may see as some modern problems for chess, together with my discussion of each:

    1. Computers are better than the top humans (e.g. now there may be less public respect for chess & chessplayers).

    A common argument is to draw the analogy that sprinters don't compete with motorized vehicles, so why compare chessplayers to engines? A counter-argument may be that chess used to demonstrate the glory of man's intellect, and having ...

    Updated 05-21-2017 at 10:29 AM by Kevin Pacey

    Chess issues
  4. Chess variants hit counter for readers interested in fairy chess

    by , 08-03-2016 at 12:59 AM (Games, analysis and discussion)
    Please click on this blog entry if at all interested in chess variants (fairy chess). I'm looking for a crude (if rather low) worldwide estimate of such people. Included are 3 links.

    1st link: (free membership):

    Note that for 2016, the webmaster informs me that the main site for has been getting in the neighborhood of 50,000 unique visitors each month, with something in the neighborhood ...

    Updated 06-17-2017 at 05:27 PM by Kevin Pacey

    Chess variants
  5. Chess variants playing package (e.g. 10x10 Sac Chess variant)

    by , 07-23-2016 at 05:23 PM (Games, analysis and discussion)
    FYI, link included for free chess variants package (plays e.g. my 10x10 Sac Chess [std 6 chess pcs & the 6 classic chess variant compound pcs]):

    From circa 2016, here's part of a post by Dr. H.G. Muller, partly re: Sac Chess:

    "...I happen to host a package of WinBoard + Sjaak II at . In that package I have already
    pre-configured WinBoard to start up with (a very recent version of) Sjaak
    II as ...

    Updated 06-17-2017 at 04:57 PM by Kevin Pacey

    Chess variants
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