Fairy Chess Classification Project
The Fairy Chess Classification (v.0, 22.04.2021) – Initial Release!
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In these descriptions of fairy elements, the normal meanings of common orthodox chess terms or concepts such as ‘square’, ‘capture’, ‘promotion’ or ‘castling’ will be assumed to be understood, though these normal meanings will often need modification when applied to fairy elements. However, the term ‘move’ will be used to mean a non-capturing move as opposed to a capture (though ‘move-length’ would be taken as applying to a move or capture), ‘unit’ will be used to mean any piece or pawn, and ‘piece’ to mean any unit apart from a pawn or king. Also, any reference to the royal powers of a king will be taken to apply equally to any other royal piece used instead of a king. In this classification, the fairy elements divide into the four ‘Main Groups’ of Stipulations, Pieces, Conditions and Boards, these Main groups being divided into Groups (and in most cases Sub-Groups). In this Outline View Version, the various groups and sub-groups are labelled according to a three number system, but individual elements are not numbered. (None of these labels need be used in any Fairy Database that might be set up.)
- Version 1 was the ‘Glossary CT1’ document dated 7 December 2020
- Version 2 the ‘Glossary CT4.1’ document dated 27 March 2021
- Version 3. Chris Tylor, 30 March 2021; Outline version by NSR
- Further revisions by CT/NSR, 8-24 April 2021
After nearly 6 months work, our inaugural release (version 0) with over 390 elements is ready for public viewing!
We have used the BCPS Glossary as the basis to which we added some more elements found in JF, the Die Schwalbe Märchenschachlexikon, Christian Poisson’s Website, and others on the web.
Our thanks to all the maintainers of these sources.
Going forward, we plan to add more elements from all these sources as well as any interesting elements that are freshly invented.
We will also add more information to each element like history, popularity, solving program support and example problems.
Also planned is a user interface to search and explore the elements.
In these dark days, some light and order!
We welcome you to join us!
Please post your opinions, suggestions and queries!
– The Fairy Chess Classification Project Team
All previous posts together with the comments can be found in the Fairy Classification category
- Fairy elements: the statistics
- Fairy Classification: preliminary questions
- Fairy Classification, step 1: sources and more…
- Going Forward to Light and Order!
- Fairy Classification: Leapers Evolution! and more…
- Fairy Classification: Concept Map
- The human touch: Chris Tylor
- The Fairy Chess Classification Project: Initial Release!