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Janeen Walden    (2009-10-25)

How many would play crazyhouse if it was running here?

Thibault de Vassal    (2009-10-26 02:13:10)

I used to play bughouse at blitz time control, I'm not sure about crazyhouse but would it be funny as well at correspondence time controls!? I'm not sure, what do you think?

Anyway, the question is always the same, should FICGS introduce more games just for fun or focus on competition for a few games only...

Lazaro Munoz    (2009-10-26 11:15:01)

You would need some special rules to prevent long boring clock time out waits, such as when one side is mated on the move. He will sit out and wait for the events on the other game. Typically what happens is that it will be mate on the move in the reverse direction. So either have adjudicated a win for the side with more time on their running clock or force them to move at least every 10 days say.

By the way if you try crazy house, you might want to also introduce shogi where pieces become the property of the opponent and can be dropped in. You won't need special char set since you can use the chess set with mods such as inverting them like the rook for the lance, golds can be queen, silvers inverted queens, etc and promoted pieces, the piece with a circle surrounding it.

William Taylor    (2009-10-26 13:58:56)

Lazaro: 1. I think you are confusing crazyhouse and bughouse. Crazyhouse is a 1-player game and so wouldn't have the problem you described.

2. Shogi - I might play shogi if it was introduced here, but I would certainly want proper shogi pieces, not chess pieces.

3. The original question - I enjoy crazyhouse, but wouldn't play it here at the moment as I'm too busy to start more time-consuming correspondence games. I'm also not sure if I'd enjoy it as much at correspondence time controls.

William Taylor    (2009-10-26 14:00:00)

I said 'crazyhouse is a 1-player game' in my last post... I did of course mean 2 players, 1 board.

Lazaro Munoz    (2009-10-27 04:26:26)

It does look interesting, I would try it.

Don Groves    (2009-10-27 06:16:48)

I would learn a classical game like Shogi if it were offered on FICGS

Lazaro Munoz    (2009-10-28 03:07:17)

There is a website of chess variant database at The interesting thing is that popular openings are very similar to bughouse but that should be no wonder: avoid fianchetto's (weakness in g7,b7) to a drop pawn is deadly and avoiding pawn conflicts since pawns are lot more valuable off the board then on, etc.

Benjamin Block    (2009-10-28 08:09:55)
Chessvariant databas

Thanks a lot. I will use that database when i play on