Open_Sppej

Introduction

Open_Sppej_Chess_System_By_Simon_JeppsI would like to begin this article by explaining that what I am about to describe is not a “Chess Variant” in the conventional understanding. Of course, the following is indeed a “variation” of classical Chess, yet its function and purpose is one of “evolution”.

As such I regard Open_Sppej as a “system”, that is to say, an algorithm through which classical Chess may evolve.

Anyone who has been following my blog will know I have invented many Chess Variants and even conducted in depth studies into not only their own individual merits, but also into the wider field of Chess Variant design in general.

Amongst these essays are investigations into why the next evolution of Chess, as a world wide embraced phenomena, continues to elude even the greatest of players, whence still, even today, the international community merely continues to snail through an ancient played out game of sixty four squares.

Yet perhaps, as my own studies have finally led me to personally conclude, the next evolution of Chess is not a different game at all. Perhaps, one way or another, all the squares and pieces remain just as they always have been, all the ancient rules in tact and yet everything continues… in another yet more majestic reality.

Aye, recently in fact I proclaimed my Chess Variant, JepKnt, to be the “crown jewel” of all my good games. And indeed it still is.

But in truth, Chess itself is not looking for new pieces, or even more squares. We know this now. For after a century of pursuit we have to surrender to the continuing prevalence of evidence, that mankind and womankind, will not sacrifice the classical game.

And this is not least because, at the end of the day, we love all our Knights and all our other pieces of the board, just as they are and just as they always have been.

For herewith, what all Chess players and Chess itself both agree on, is that amidst all the seemingly impossible odds of an almost defeated challenge, the game itself must harbour the solution to this absolutely paradoxical conundrum… within its own biology.

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Wizardry & Follying ~ AI, Droidfish & Other Apps

Droidfish Analysis Screenshot
A screenshot of Droidfish Chess engine for Android
In time to come we hope a Chess computer of sorts will be available which is capable of processing Wizardry and Follying algorithms.

Whilst at this time there is none such computer, YllwChlk does have at least a solution of a kind.

Personally, I employ Droidfish for recreational, analytical and publishing use. It is a very good Chess engine with numerous features and even a selection of interface themes.

When playing Chess against Droidfish, it is possible to incorporate Wizardry and Follying by a method of intervention in its computational processes.

It is not exactly a solution, since Droidfish does not actually compute these new rules, but it does allow the player to compute them on behalf and thus assert a continuum of play.

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Self Check Via Wizard’s Dwelling

Self Check By Dwelling
White unintentionally self-checks with 2. Rd3
Self Check is always a point of discussion when playing face to face over a real board.

For example, if neither player realise the Check and continue playing regardless, does that invalidate the whole game?

During a friendly one might argue that it doesn’t matter.

Wizard’s Dwellings follow a similar principle, but whence formed without an announcement, the Check may then be bypassed for the benefit of either player.

The rule here, is that Check by a Wizard’s Dwelling is only valid if it’s announced and most especially in the case of Unintentional Self Check.

In this example position, Black has just played 1. … Nxd4, capturing a Pawn and threatening White’s Rook on f3. Thus now White has just played 2. Rd3.

White believes he has trapped Black’s Knight and that he is therefore about to gain material.

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The Wizard’s Dwelling ~ Unto The Sacred Folly

Wizard's Dwelling ~ Philodor Opening
Wizardry in the Philodor Opening
The Law Of The Folly is described in detail and studied extensively throughout this blog. Yet whilst the articles contained here are comprehensive, there is one element of this new practise of Classical Chess which I have decided to publish only as a separate thesis, or to say, only as an accompanying element.

Granted this thesis is designed to be compatible and even a good spouse to Follying, but it is of course always up to the individual player what rules to employ in their gameplay.

This additional element to Follying, hereby known and referred to as The Wizard’s Dwelling, is indeed a fabulous work of Chess variantism. Yet it is important to mention that I have not created this element of the game to be compulsory within the rules.

For it does touch closely… with magic.

Nevertheless, as has always been the case with the evolution of Chess, throughout history controversial rules were invented which even today people maintain their reservations about.

These rules, such as En-Passant, Castling, Double Queens or various promotion enhancements, are no different to the concepts you are about to discover within The Wizard’s Dwelling, yet, these rules are today the standard of international competition Chess.

It would only therefore be prudent to consider the tremendous entertainment value of this well crafted wizardy you are about to read.

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Bishop Follying: King’s Indian Defense

Bishop Follying King's Indian Defense
King’s Indian Defense
Diagram 1
{4. … d6}
At first glance it might not be very obvious why Follying a Bishop, rather than a Knight, may be useful.

After all, two Bishops of the same coloured square can be a dicey combination. Then again, on the other hand it might be just what you need.

In any case, dual-coloured Bishops are not a foregone result, since there are more Follying options for a Bishop than there are for a Knight, such as when Castling, and herewith the ease to replenish the balance.

This article is not intended as an in-depth Opening study, yet I would like to demonstrate how firstly, Follying is extremely useful as a method to free a Queen or even a King from a Knight shackled against it.

Secondly, this article demonstrates how Follying a Bishop can prove very cunning, particularly whence your opponent is caught offguard, and highlights how dual-coloured Bishops can deliver a very strong blow.

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Bishop Follying: French Defense

Bishop Follying French Defense
French Defense
Diagram 1
{2. … d5}
The purpose of Bishop Follying is sometimes misunderstood since it harbours concepts such as dual-coloured Bishops and hidden ulterior strategies. To the untrained eye, it may be difficult to perceive how Follying a Bishop may be more useful than Follying a Knight.

Yet as I am about to show you, this post studies a well known Opening which is actually tailored by design to embrace the Bishop Folly with open arms.

I trust this article will explain and clarify to you, why the practise of Follying is indeed the next evolution of Chess.

The French Defense is often considered to be a successful opening, but due to its infamous light square Bishop being unable to enter the game for some time, it receives a similar amount of criticism.

Yet in this post I am going to comprehensively demonstrate how Bishop Follying revolutionizes the French Defense unto a newfound superiority.

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The Game Of Chess & The Law Of The Folly

Giuoco Piano Black Follied by Simon Jepps
The Giuoco Piano
In this position, Black has Follied his Knight to f8, instantly granting him options onto g6 or e6 and perhaps even an f Pawn advance.

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep.

And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

A brief history of how I saved the most beautiful game on Earth, with a new law called Follying.

Skip to Folly

God spoke to me when I was a child and we’ve been playing Chess ever since.

Many, many years ago, a very sad thing happened to me. I was playing Chess in the Frome Congress and I was losing two games down with three to go. This isn’t a terrible thing in itself, for a 3 point win now would make all the world of difference.

But it wasn’t the tournament that upset me. It was the game. I was playing a blind man as it happened and although we were even on the board, all of a sudden half way through the game, my mind just stopped.

I’ve seen this all before, I thought. I see this everyday.

Yet these familiar Openings and positions weren’t to be the cornerstone of any success on my part… instead they would prove to be the beginning of a twenty year long battlefield between myself and the stagnation of a stubborn game that refused to change its colours.

For that was precisely it. I had seen this game too many times before.

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