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Old December 9th 05, 05:35 PM posted to
Ian Burton
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Default Why is there no Rec.Games.Chess.Variants

"MorphyFischer" wrote in message

In Gothic Chess, I have seen and/or played the following moves at one
time or another:

1. c4, 1. d4, 1. e4, 1. f4, 1. g4, 1. h4, 1. i3, 1. f3, 1. g3, 1. h3,
1. Nf3, 1. Nc3, and even 1. Nj3, which was called "The Quagga" opening
(because, while playable, it was believed to soon become extinct, much
like the 1880's zebra-like creature after it was named.)

So, barring the Quagga, there are 12 opening moves in Gothic Chess.

Here is a game opening with 1. f3:

And 1. g3:

The most popular opening right now is a gambit line played by the

1. c4 f5 2. Nc3!? Axc4 which is called Trice's Gambit. Here is a game
he played live against the Vortex Copper program, showing that it could
be beaten:

There is some analyzed play on this opening, of course, but the branch
points are so numerous!

For example, after: 1.c4 f5 2.Nc3 Axc4 3.g3 there has been tried:


Not only are some of these moves now considered part of "opening
theory", they represent completely different strategical objectives!
Each "variation" is really as complex as an entire opening labyrinth in
the game of chess!

So, yes, time will eventually shape the better choices on move 3, 4, 5,
6... but the game is still going to be 20-25 times as deep as the
"chess waters". Gothic Chess is expansive enough, it seems like there
will always be time to "try something new."

Please, please, please, will somebody establish this variants group quickly,
so that we chess players are no longer bombarded with this sort of nonsense.
Why isn't this quatsch now posted on or
Ian Burton
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