Posts about Chess

Auto Crazy Chess Tournament

Tuesday, 1st February 2022 ◆ Confirm friend's final defeat (9)

A while ago I spoke about Crazy Chess, a chess variant where you can spend your points budget on whichever pieces you like. Eventually, I plan to make a game where you can create boards and play against friends or strangers. In the meantime, I wanted to try dipping my toe into the world of "auto-chess".

Auto-chess and its ilk are games where you create and improve armies which automatically battle against those of other players. However, I find the name a bit of a misnomer, as the pieces are not real chess pieces and the game is not chess. In an attempt to see if a real auto-chess would be fun, I decided to run a tournament with some friends where each player designs a board, whilst an AI plays the matches.


My take on chess

Tuesday, 17th November 2020 ◆ A king who chews will be the one to settle it (7) ◆ Comments (2)

I think chess is a fun game, no matter that I'm wholly awful at it. I approach chess as I would approach any of the genre of modern European board games which have recently become popular (Agricola, Dominion, Puerto Rico, and so forth). That is to say, I don't think too far into the future and I don't take too long to make my decision.

I don't think this is necessarily a problem, and I'm more than content to play at this level. Games can still be close and exciting, against like-minded players. However, a player who wants to be good at the game, will probably not be able to achieve that with their own brainpower.