Better than Chess
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Chess is the king of abstract strategy games, at least in the European sphere of influence, and despite being widely lamented as having too many draws, and being too dependent on memorization, among other alleged flaws. The fact remains that
(almost) everyone knows how to play, and there are hundreds of years of expert
study to prop up it's meme.

So for the purposes of this list, imagine your candidate game was invented
at about the same time as Chess, and would have become as popular as Chess
is today, leaving chess on the ash-heap of history. Be sure to say why.

Go, Hex and other games without movement
are not chess-like.

Please restrain your impulse to add your current favorite or recently
discovered game. This list ought to include games you could reasonably
assert could be studied, played, and enjoyed for the rest of your life.

Vote with thumbs-up for games you agree are better than chess.

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1. Board Game: Shogi [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:1079]
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Arguably older and better than chess. The mercenary nature of the
pieces make an exciting game with virtually no draws.
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2. Board Game: Chess 2: The Sequel [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:9594]
Marc Hawkins
Canada
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From the publisher:

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Chess 1 was a hit, no doubt about it. Chess 2 seeks to build on the greatness of the original while addressing a few problems and also going in a new direction.
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3. Board Game: Xiangqi [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:1003]
Andy Leighton
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Another old game.

Generally a quicker more aggressive game overall than Chess. More tension between wanting to attack and wanting to keep pieces back to defend too.
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4. Board Game: Proteus [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:4437]
Mark Morrise
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I have not played this Steve Jackson game, but it sounds fascinating. The pieces are dice, which can change faces based on certain conditions. Unfortunately, it is out-of-print.
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