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(and chess variants)
In the western world, Chess is everyone's first abstract game, and also one of the most widely available games in virtually any game related context.  As the worlds best known abstract, it's also the focus of unlimited numbers of variants and related games.

  • Chess960, also known as Fisher Random Chess.
  •  Ultima A truely different kind of  chess, 
  •  King's Color is a wild chess-like game on a Hex board.

Robots:  They play ok, but are not intended to be world class opponents.

ultima board
Ultima chess variant

Chess rankings at Boardspace Ultima rankings
Chess at BoardGameGeek 
Chess win/loss database Ultima win/loss database rules for Chess  Ultima Chess960  Kings Color
Game archiives for:  Chess  Chess960  Ultima  Kings Color

The back story:  
Chess was the first abstract game I learned, so has to be a sentimental favorite even though I no longer play it regularly.  Ultima is an interesting case; I remember being shown the game by a chess playing friend while in high school, which would have been shortly after it was first published.  It's stayed with me.  Richard Hesey, are you out there?   Chess960 is another case, I learned and played it for a many-games tournament, and it's played the way I prefer to play all my games - just work it out from first principles.


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