Does anybody know the approximate number of fairy elements (pieces and conditions) we have? Just try to guess!
I believe, for now WinChloe‘s Echecs database (by Christian Poisson) is the most comprehensive source of published problems and existing fairy elements. The last update of Echecs database from 12.09.2020 contains 785,899 problems! Well, this is the information visible to all users of WinChloe. But there’s something else, not so visible, but still existing – Fairy pieces and condition invented. I’ve asked the implementer about it. So, thanks to Christian we have an astonishing statistics! The number of invented elements is … ⇒
about 2670 fairy pieces+conditions! Of them just 51 were used in more than 500 published problems. And more than 2100 were used in less than 10 problems (out of them about 1000(!) was used in one problem only!)
Well, I’ve asked for this statistics not only out of curiosity. I have many thoughts and ideas about development of our fairy chess. Still not ready to formulate it quickly, still have to settle some thoughts in my head, still would be willing to see if anybody is interested in creating some better order in Fairies.
But before all the questions, you’re welcome to see the full statistics: in Excel file for download | or in PDF (51 page) for easier watching. Maybe somebody would help with English translations (I’ve made it for the top elements only).
Would very much like to know the names and to congratulate the inventors of our TOP 21 (>1000 problems composed)! Thanks to your comments the list is getting inventors’ names:
|Number of problems||Inventor||year of invention|
|5||Neutral piece||Neutral piece||4963||T.R.Dawson||1912|
|8||Madrasi||Madrasi||2829||Abdul Jabbar Karwatkar||1979|
|9||Circé échange||PWC||2631||Umberto Castellari||1975|
|10||Pièce Royale||Royal piece||1983||T.R.Dawson||?|
|11||Pao||PAO||1908||the ancient Chinese piece Cannon||?|
|12||Lion||Lion||1790||J. de A. Almay||1940|
|13||Maximum blanc||White Maximummer||1772||1926?|
|14||Take & Make||Take & Make||1579||Hartmut Laue||2006|
|18||Chameau||Camel||1149||from the ancient Muslim Chess|
|19||Cylindre vertical||Vertical Cylinder||1114||Teodoro Ciccolini||1836|
|21||Andernach||Andernach||1026||Hans Peter Rehm &
If composing with the “TOP” fairy elements we’d be understood by most of other composers; the same time it would be harder to create something original here; but the originality would be felt and appreciated and valued by the most!