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Are alternative chess rules/styles considered favourably by the main chess community? To be more specific I mean games like 3D chess (as seen in Star Trek) or landscape chess, as explained here: http://intrepidis.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/landscape-chess.html

Are there tournaments for chess variants?

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The only variants I can think of that experienced chess players seem to have any interest in are Chess960 (aka Fischerandom) and Bughouse. Even Seirawan chess, which has the imprimatur of a grandmaster, has not really attracted any real interest.

Other variants are not looked on unfavorably but they are basically ignored.

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  • Bughouse sounds fun. I'll have to try that, thanks.
    – intrepidis
    Apr 8 '13 at 14:27
  • Don't forget crazyhouse!
    – Travis J
    Apr 9 '13 at 9:54
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I have not heard of any regular tournaments for any chess variant with the exception of Chess960.

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