Sorchess ~ Becometh Thine Own Sage

Sorchess by Simon JeppsSorchess is where Classical Chess becomes its own sage.

Sorchess is exquisitely simple to understand, if you are already familiar with Classical Chess.

Sorchess is itself an evolution of Classical Chess whereby the only difference is the implementation of a new piece, known as the Wizard.

Yet what strikes this game apart from other variants that include “extra” pieces, is that Sorchess only includes ONE extra piece, or Wizard, per player.

I have spent decades studying different methods and mechanisms for evolving Chess and, to shorten an eternal story, I unwaveringly agreed with myself in the end that a larger board does not fulfill the game’s evolution and likewise any further “pairs” of pieces only contribute to its unfulfillment.

However it was absolutely obvious to me that Classical Chess was missing a new piece and was also in need of a new methodology.

Please visit www.chec-toe.org/sorchess to learn more.

Thank you.

Chec Toe ~ 16 Square Warfare

introChec Toe is a 4×4 Chess variant played with a six sided die, incorporating uniquely designed features, such as Checkering, Cross Positioning and Wizardry. 

Chec Toe is a tardis of design, which despite its apparent miniscule footprint, fulfills its divine promise in delivering a whirlwind vortex of infinite challenge and excitement.

For Chec Toe is more than a sport. Chec Toe is the undying of friends.

www.chec-toe.org

Ladies & Gentlemen as promised, my latest and final Chess Variant. Yet before you indulge yourselves in what I hail to be the most exciting board game ever to touch the cosmos…

Please may I take this opportunity to thank all of you, whether followers, subscribers or passersby, and from the deepest depths of my heart, for supporting this blog over the last few years.

It was fun and likewise I very much enjoyed exchanging conversation, likes, reblogs and comments across our communal platforms.

But the time has chosen this post, to be the last.

I wish you all good tidings and God bless.

Your friend, Simon Jepps.

Unto The Dice Tray…

Circular Dice Tray Rubberwood
13″ Circular Dice Tray made from Rubberwood
I love dice. Nowadays I am truly becoming more and more drawn to them than even Chess.

Yet, as a man who has played Chess passionately his entire life, whence taking away the board and pieces to make way for a handful of mere dice, something is profoundly missing.

For ages I couldn’t work it out. I kept asking myself, why, if I can get just as much strategic nutrition out of dice as I can from Chess, then why is there something missing?

Then it struck me. Aesthetics.

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Living With The French ~ A Novelette ~ Chapter Five

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The Sporting Event

Thursday 8th April 1993

Today was the most exciting day yet. It was the day of the Handball match. It was a sunny day and as I woke, the rays of sunlight came streaming through the French windows and across my bed.

Of course, like everything else, I had no idea that there was to be a Handball match today. I only found out when the time actually arrived.

The day passed sooner than expected and towards the afternoon Arnaud announced, “Simon… Il y a un match d’Handball aujourd’hui.”
“Ah…” I said, “A quelle heure?”
“Maintenant.”

Right now? I thought to myself, but I don’t know how to PLAY Handball! Nevertheless, I followed Arnaud along some pleasant paths near the back of the school towards a very big gym.

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Ghost ~ Dice For Two & Who?

Ghost ~ A Yahtzee type game by Simon Jepps
Ghost
A spooky kind of Yahtzee game, by Simon Jepps
Prepare thine self for a challenge of ghouls,
Hence a hand by chance worthy only of fools,
For this ancient game art greater than its host,
Play not one or two, but three, play the Ghost!

The heart beckons, aye, yet again I was drawn to the simplicity of the dice and the myriad of labyrinths kept hidden within their faces.

Simple and yet beautiful aren’t they? How many games have been invented with only a handful of dice? Only the roaring oceans of sailors gone before could possibly know.

Here then is another game of my own.

This game dawned on me in a kind of “eureka” moment. I was thinking very deeply about the game of Yahtzee and pondering over its limitations.

I wanted to somehow bring an extra dimension of strategy to what is quite simply a game of mere dice.

Whence the moment of realisation struck I was actually quite awestruck to have worked it out. Perhaps it was a premonition, perhaps it was divination, or perhaps… it was my Ghost.

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JepKnt ~ The Jepps Knight ~ A Chess Piece

Introduction

JepKnt LogoFollowing a good but somewhat concise educational introduction into the history of Chess Variantism, I will herewith present unto you my “Crown Jewel” in the library of Jepps Chess Variants.

There is a rumour about the world. That rumour is of Chess. It has been said that Chess is both living and dying, evolving and yet devolving. It has been said, Chess is approaching an event horizon, of its next generational fate.

Aye, it is known, Grandmasters of the world agree, Chess will either change for the better of us all, or become merely an old fashion of the intellectual.

The first official promotion of an evolution of Chess was proposed in 1925 by the World Champion Jose Capablanca. He explained how exhaustive studies of Classical Chess will eventually lead to the stagnation of a played out game, prompting a need for it to evolve.

He was and still is, absolutely right.

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360° Chess Symbols & Counter Pieces

360° Wooden Chess Counters by Jepps
These 360° Chess Counters by Simon Jepps are made from wooden base discs for craft models, which were then hand painted freely with Indian ink. They are only the simplest improvised creation, yet so easy to replace and make again.
This is a personal project I undertook in order to remedy the Chess industry’s apparent inability to manufacture sensible, useable counter Chess pieces.

This project is also a secondary hobby to accompany my Chess variant creation, Genie Of The Lamp.

There are many Chess sets featuring counter pieces, yet for some unknown reason they are always designed featuring standard Chess symbols.

Of course you would ask, “Why, whatever else?”

Aye, if studying a Chess problem, or correspondence position, or indeed teaching strategies to a classroom, of course you would make sure a universally accepted symbol is employed.

However, a problem is encountered when employing the universal symbols into a face to face match, over a real board.

This problem is the inevitable fact that standard Chess symbols are only recognisable if they only face one direction.

Granted, people can play with these symbols, but in reality they are very disorientating and “counter-productive” when trying to study a position… upside down.

It occured to me that since nobody has yet decided to design specific “360 degree” symbols for counter piece Chess sets, that I should publish a public template for such a concept.

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Genie Of The Lamp

GOL Sondergut Travel Chess
Genie Of The Lamp is designed for the Sondergut Travel Chess Set
Of gods and men, mountains and seas,
Wherefore art thine hearkener of pleas;
A game of Chess, a battle of truths,
Aye, summon ye good Genie, for ’tis time we choose.

Here is another good Chess Variant of mine, which I created a few years ago whilst living in an old Church house.

I have fond memories of that time, a period in my life whence I was enjoying much blissful contemplation.

This blog article will be a purely concise tutorial, that is to say, without detailed intricate diagrams, since the rules to this game are actually fairly straight forward.

Therefore, I hope you enjoy the beauty in its simplicity, which I endeavoured to create.

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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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Wallooning

WallooningThe sport of Wallooning involves the application of two or more strategically adept individuals into a challenge of water pistols and balloons.

The rules are very simple.

Each player must try to keep their own balloon airborne by shooting at it each time it begins to descend towards the ground.

If a player’s balloon touches the ground then that player loses the round and the opponent is awarded one point.

However, players may also shoot at each others’ balloons in attempt to burst their opponent’s balloon.

If a player’s balloon bursts then that player loses the round and the opponent is awarded one point.

Additionally, players may also shoot at each other. This is considered an advanced tactic, which when employed decisively, can completely ruin your opponent’s chances of success.

Beware however, shooting at your opponent may not always produce the desired result.

A bonus point is awarded to any player who successfully fires his own balloon into his opponent’s, providing his own balloon does not burst during the collision.

Note; doing this is not a sign of affection and may instead cause you undue stress.

Each game lasts five, six, seven or eight rounds. Occasionally it can stretch to nine or ten rounds.

During the hot seasons players may keep going all day long until they can no longer see their balloons, either because it is now too dark, or because they are too sloshed to see clearly.

In any case, there are definitely rounds, but certainly no cubes.

Wallooning was invented by Simon Jepps one summer in 2018 whilst watching aeroplanes flying in squares above his house.

He still drinks Banangerang.