Abstract Strategy games worthy of national championships
Calvin Daniels
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I recently started a geeklist to find out what abstract strategy games have national tournaments. I was surprised the list (link below) was rather short, and even shorter in terms of events in North America.

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/31945

So this list is simply to try and come up with the abstract strategy games with enough of a following, are competitive enough, and have the staying power to deserve regional and national events.

Feel free to toss in your ideas.
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1. Board Game: Hive [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:203]
Calvin Daniels
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This one seems a natural

It might be a true modern classic
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2. Board Game: Omega Chess [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:7638]
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I really love this one.

Too bad the makers of Omega Chess and the ones that do Gothic Chess and maybe a couple of the other variant chess makers would hold combined 'Chess Variant Events' where variant enthusiasts could get together in a touney environment.
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3. Board Game: ZÈRTZ [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:476] [Average Rating:7.31 Unranked]
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Another modern classic that deserves to grow, Likely with a larger board format though.

It could easily be part of a "GIPF series" championship event
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4. Board Game: King's Court [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:6206]
Calvin Daniels
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I happen to love checker variants in general, and wlould love to see a "Checker Variant' championship

King's Court is a natural fit

a second choice would be Checkers 2000

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/game/9374

Croda would fit the mix nicely too

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/game/19843
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5. Board Game: TZAAR [Average Rating:7.68 Overall Rank:339] [Average Rating:7.68 Unranked]
Mark Crane
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I like Tzaar even better than Zertz. For some reason, even though it is an abstract, it feels very fresh and flavorful. My kids and I mutter out loud while playing:

"Ok, I'm gonna kill this guy...and stack my guy..."

I know it's heresy, but I wouldn't mind seeing a remix of this game with a theme slapped on it.
 
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6. Board Game: Chase [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:3553]
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A must be, IMO.
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7. Board Game: Shuuro [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:5334]
alberto giusti
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Shuuro is a game for two players, which merges the precision and rigour of chess with the creativity and variety of war-gaming.

It does so by attaching a points value to each traditional chess piece and allowing the players to spend a predetermined amount of these points (say, a total of 800 points) to select the chess ‘army’ that they think makes the best use of the points. This creates a feeling of ‘ownership’ towards the particular combination the player thinks is the most effective.

The ‘battle’ will then take place on a large chess board of twelve by twelve squares. This board, however, also introduces a new and unique element to the game. Each of the four six-by-six quadrants of the board contains two plinths that block the movement of the pieces. These plinths are placed randomly at the beginning of every game with the help of a dice, ensuring that every game will be different and present unique challenges. The plinths also help in balancing the game, restricting the movement of Queens, Bishops and Rooks, while at the same time allowing Knights to land onto them and using them as defensive positions (as only an enemy Knight can take them while they’re there).

It is worth noting that game box also includes a normal chessboard and full rules for traditional chess, making it good to learn chess and allowing players to engage in this great classic as well as the innovative Shuuro.
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