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Chess has been around for 1600 years. For 1600 years it has needed more knights and pawns, and an expanded field to accommodate them.

Chess has been around for 1600 years. It has pretty much remained the same for all those years, and for very good reasons. Chess is a great and noble game. It doesn't need any tampering. There's little doubt about that. Also, most of the people who have messed with it, have come up with some of the stupidest ideas ever to escape the mind of man; making changes that only demonstrate their misunderstanding of the game and their total disregard for the dignity of Chess.    

But, since I was a little kid, chess has needed more knights and a LOT MORE pawns (and of course the expanded field to accommodate them.) I'm not talking about weird new pieces, strange new rules, boards with peculiar shapes, the cloak of invisibility, special squares with magical powers--none of that. I'm talking about a few more knights, a few more pawns, and an expanded field. No rule changes, no new pieces; respect for the game and its grand tradition. This board will do only one thing-- require some additional consideration into mid-game.

I'd like to introduce added ranks chess to the world. I'll start by building 30 of these boards--pair them with appropriate pieces--and make them available to serious chess players, even purists (if I can find any open minded enough to give it a try). Then, we'll see where it goes.

Added Ranks Chess, Markedly Different, Strictly Traditional.

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THANK YOU, sincerely.

richard mansfield

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It's probably going to be more difficult to find serious chess players to play on this board than it is to make the boards themselves, but I will. And, more likely than not, It will prove difficult to convince piece manufacturers that I don't need three sets of pieces for each board just 4 extra knights and a dozen extra pawns. With the project funded, and the first 30 boards built, I'll have something to show to chess players as well as the leverage to deal with chess piece manufacturers.

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    If you support this idea with $10, I will send you a copy of a drawing--which I have not yet done, but shall soon--of two guys playing chess on an Added Ranks chessboard... suitable for framing, or great for wrapping fish.

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    If you support this idea with $30, I will send you a copy of a drawing--which I still have not yet done, but shall soon--of two guys playing chess on an Added Ranks chessboard... framed, suitable for hanging, or giving as an inexplicably spontaneous and somewhat weird gift.

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    If you support this idea with $50, I will send you a nice printed, rollable, Added Ranks chessboard.

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    If you support this idea with $100, I will send you a nice printed, rollable, Added Ranks chessboard and enough inexpensive chessmen to play on that Added Ranks chessboard...

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    If you support this idea with $150, I will send you a VERY nice Added Ranks chessboard in wood...

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    If you support this idea with $300, I will send you a VERY nice Added Ranks chessboard in wood AND the necessary Quality wooden chessmen to immediately begin your journey on that Added Ranks chessboard..

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