Traditional Chess variants, as rated by Grandmaster Larry Kaufman
Evaluation of Material Imbalances, are groundbreaking.
Kaufman has written a short methodical treatment about the pros and contras of traditional Chess variants. In this, he compares traditional Western Chess, Western Grand Chess, Chinese Xiangqi, Korean Janggi, Japanese Shogi, and Japanese Chu Shogi.
His criteria are:
1. Frequency of draws
2. Equal chances for either player
3. Importance of memorizing openings
4. Variety of play
5. History and tradition
6. Game length
7. Count of strategical principles
8. Early interaction in the game
Normally, the more the better, but not for frequency of draws and memorizing openings. Game length and variety of play may become too much, too.
Kaufman assigns one point maximally to each of the criteria, and he breaks it down to quarter points. So, overall, a game might reach 8 points. The result is (game, Kaufman's result, and the result adapted to a 1-10 scale that need not be that of BGG):
Game, Points (of 8), Points (of 10)
Shogi 7 9
Grand Chess 6,25 8
Chu Shogi 5 6-7
Chess 4,5 6
Xiangqi 4,5 6
Janggi 4.5 6
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