Who is interested in working on a "Chess of Tomorrow" project. The idea here is to get variants integrated into the discussion of chess, and legitimize it. It is also meant to have solutions come up on how to do things. I would also recommend here that there be some documents that can be used, with a generous licensing agreement put around them, so it facilitates uses. This could take many forms. As an initial discussion point, I offer the IAGO Chess System:
I am up for changing the terms and conditions of it so it is more flexible to use, without losing that it will build communication rather than fragment, and people can use it for commercial purposes, such as bundling the rules in books they are working on or with pieces they sell. I definitely interested in having it changed and mutate it over time, as is best determined. It is meant to start with FIDE Chess also and provide a logical flow into variants. It is a starting point for the discussion, but not the only thing. It is meant in order to have variants taken seriously also, and legitimize tournaments in them, and give credibility to people who play variants.
So, to this end, I would want to see who else wants to get involved here. Please speak up on this. I would like to hear it. Please take this as not myself wanting to take things over, but the community to take ownership of the environment and help make it more reflective of their wishes.
To this end, I will look to push for ONE rule to be added to all future versions of chess. That rule states that your game equipment must map to your rules. Physical versions of future chess should not have people flipping rooks to make them into queens and so on. This is fine when you just have a queen. But what happens when you have new Capablanca pieces, exactly what does the rook represent? Do people want to codify that a flipped rook is a new wildcard piece that represents whatever people want it to be in the game? Fine, I would then ask that get put into the rules. I would like to add my take that this hole in normal chess rules is a barrier for adoption of variants. Here is a chance to have variant pieces get into chess, and the flip rook (not in the rules) is automatically set to a queen. Anyhow, that is my take on this. I would like others to speak up. And this is the point of the "Chess of Tomorrow" project. It isn't one person's voice, but what the community can agree to.