I have been a chess aficionado since I was in the first grade, and once upon a time I was a fair player, going 2-2-2 in my first chess tournament, the 1980 Florida State Chess Championship. After a while playing tournament chess, I gravitated toward postal chess, and then my passion for the game dried up. It's been years since I played the game, but I still have a collection of some 40-50 chess sets.
In college I got interested in chess variants. I have collected rulesheets for some 200-250 variations on the theme of chess, and I have invented more than a dozen chess variants myself. I must confess that I was more concerned with how the variants looked than how well they played, but I think that some of my variants are very playable.
Which brings me to my latest venture in self-publishing: Variations on the Theme of Chess, available in Kindle and paperback from Amazon. A significant number of the games described in the book are games I invented or modified.
Games like Chesquerque:
And Cross Chess:
And Hexagonal Shogi:
And Hexagonal Xiangqi (Chinese Chess):
And Tamerlane's Chess:
I have included some old, established variants.
Like Capablanca's Chess:
And Courier Chess:
And I have even included some variants which are almost, but not quite Chess.
Like George Parker's Camelot:
And Gala, a game played long ago in Germany: