Presenting a revolutionary new chess variant – Chess, but good

In this video, I present a revolutionary new chess variant which I hope will change the game forever.

Some links that may be of interest to you:
The Python script to generate Good Chess boards:
The list of pre-generated Good Chess boards:
My Twitter:

Normally this is where I’d ask if people are able to translate this video, but YouTube’s getting rid of Community Contributions. Maybe tell them that’s a terrible idea?

Table of Contents
0:00 – Introduction
1:06 – Setup
3:30 – Analysis
4:40 – Testimonials
5:29 – Outro/How to Play


  1. Could you not also eliminate the advantage given to the player who moves first, by making both players move simultaneously? Like, they each have to make a move on a steady interval. I call it Chess Chess Revolution.

  2. Is it possible to run every chess 960 variation in an engine and determine the most balanced dozen or two variations?

  3. Good chess is bad for it is two complicated to set up and for this prevent any leader board system. Just add one raw with no new piece, it just change the shortcoming pressure over openings.

  4. I don’t know what bad chess is but this is definitely worse lmao

  5. I've tried a game with a regular opponent. I set up a double randomised 960 set up – both sides are randomised separately, or I just set each side up arbitrarily to be different, but within 960 rules. We then look at the board. My opponent gets to decide: either take which side they'd prefer, or go first. I take the other side and go first, or I take either side but go 2nd, respectively. I like asymmetrical games and this works.

  6. cant white going first just be fixed with a coin flip

  7. This is retarded. You have to invent a game with ZERO technology.

    Poker is already a game of chance.

    Backgammon is also a good compromise of chance and logic.

  8. I already have an idea.

    Make chess a bi-athlon.

    Western Chess and Chinese Chess.

    For a championship, 5 games of each, add up the score. Flip a coin to see who goes first in one and thus second in the other for each pair of games.

  9. The direction of play also should be random 😂

  10. Wanna play some good chess?
    Sure, let me get the board set up..
    Next Tuesday : move 1, Stalemate.
    0.0, what did you expect?

  11. A simpler solution to both problems would be to flip a coin to see who moves next.

  12. I just throw the pieces at the board and see where they land

  13. This is shit. Alternatively white still goes first but after whits first move black has the choice to switch control of the armies.

    White still gets to go first. But if their first move is part of some well known tactic for an easy victory black can just take it and punish white for doing it.

  14. "Chess when played perfectly is a draw" so in a short statement it depends on the level of chess and who the "advantage" goes to.

  15. Dat too complicated … it's not a game … but a "situation" during a game.

  16. No, this would inherently create an even larger advantage due to chance.
    Imagine opponent has 3+ pawns right next to the final row

  17. Math isn't real and chess should let me murder instead of trying to keep a king from moving

  18. so this is great, i honest to god love this idea.

    however, clearly the computer is stupid and doesnt know what a good board is. so i propose an update

    *good chess deluxe*

    its the same concept but both sides gets all pieces and we make the board 16 by 16 size to make the chaos expand greatly. all you need is 4 boards and a d4 to support the scale

  19. This is easily the stupidest thing i watched with chess in the title. Great video

  20. I'm honestly disappointed that this is meant as satire as I think it's actually a good variant.

  21. It’s weird cuz black has the exact same advantage.

  22. memorized every combination of randomness in a book lol

  23. I think that white starting first isn’t much of an advantage plus you can chose which you play but even if you can’t, back can have an idea of what white is planning to do since white plays first

  24. This plus nightmare chess bundle is perfect.

  25. "chess but it takes an hour just to setup the board"

  26. Best thing I can say about CBG is that at least it's better than CRT.

  27. Wow, why did it take 8 days to upload? 🙃

  28. You are aware there is a possibility that machines could predict the correct paths as well, no?

  29. i have a serious version: randomise both back rows and also then evaluate them.

  30. finally, somebody made a version of chess that's good

  31. Whenever I get into a chess club imma show it to the other club members.

  32. I mean its basically a chess skirmish rather than a chess battle

    Did you ever see the flash game chess online evolved? It was pretty neat, had different unit movement types you could use, and you were allowed to build your own set of pieces

    I think the game mechanics of chess are fun, but the game itself I dont know if it has a huge future if it doesn't get a little more complex. I think the vast majority of people would rather play something like x-com. Like one can argue that there are so many setups in chess that it makes up for the relative simplicity of arrangement, but thats not really true. In fact i think one of the reasons chess seems like it has so many arrangements is because it has less arrangements, so you're able to think of each arrangement as a unique composition rather than a gradient between compositions. Like i mean, think of the amount of possible moves in a game like starcraft, or magic the gathering. It's definitely just as complex if not more, they've just been studied for significantly less time. After the boon novelty of chess being solved runs out and the majority of people left on earth grew up playing video games, I wonder about its future

    I have a solution to the white pieces having an advantage: just dont play by that pointless rule lol. Most games don't seem to determine who goes first by which color they are. I know it's traditional, but it's also kind of a hot trigger in the modern world. And more importantly, it does literally nothing for the actual game itself so it doesnt matter one way or the other. I'll just roll 2d6 like a normal obsessive magic player lol

  33. Do hate to necro comment, but it’s a little funny to me that the hyper analytical chess nerds seem to be having difficulty analyzing the clearly comical tone of the video. Like, I know the humor is a bit deadpan, but starting the video with an idea for better chest that requires the players to roll dice to produce 100 different board states before manually entering each of them into a chess engine to analyze before selecting the best candidate (even if you later ‘fix’ that problem) seems like a pretty good indicator it isn’t intended to be serious. If not that then the ‘testimonials’ at the end that amount to, “why did I have to subject myself to this game” should have given the hint.

  34. repeat the formula but have like 128 knights, 128 bishops, 128 pawns, 128 rooks, and 128 queens in the bag. 64 of each color. maybe even 126 kings (63 each) in the bag. maybe change the rules like, all peices gone, capture king, chess 2 by oatjenkims. maybe try different bords, maybe try even more peices, maybe try more players

  35. It's weird how he does all this but doesn't determine the player starting Via a single dice. If it's odd, black goes first, If it's even, white goes first.

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