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.

  • Bughouse sounds fun. I'll have to try that, thanks.
    – Intrepidis
    Commented Apr 8, 2013 at 14:27
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    Don't forget crazyhouse!
    – Travis J
    Commented Apr 9, 2013 at 9:54
  • @intrepidis: For Bughouse, this rule-set ensures progress (i.e. stalling is not possible) even in the absence of time controls. Incidentally, I also like Crazyhouse, which Travis suggested, because of the much bigger branching factor.
    – user21820
    Commented Jan 9, 2022 at 9:07

I have not heard of any regular tournaments for any chess variant with the exception of Chess960.

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