Notable Abstract Strategy games from 1960 to 1999
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I have previously done lists for truly memorable Abstract Strategy games

1900 to 1959, the 20th century before I was born

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/31021

and for the 21st century

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/31992

This one fills in the hole in time so to speak. Please only the good games that are worth preserving into the future
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1. Board Game: Omega Chess [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:7633]
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Personally I think this is the best variant of chess out there when u factor in everything including set quality etc
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2. Board Game: King's Court [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:6205]
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A classic checker variant
 
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3. Board Game: Checkers 2000 [Average Rating:5.83 Unranked]
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I think this one is under appreciated for what it is, a solid checker variant
 
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4. Board Game: GIPF [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:718] [Average Rating:7.13 Unranked]
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This one started the gipf craze and is pretty darn good too
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5. Board Game: Kendo [Average Rating:6.04 Overall Rank:7003]
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This is a very good two-player game, it stinks as a 3-player, and isn't that siolid as a 4 either.

But at 2 it's a must try for AS gamers
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6. Board Game: Amazons [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:3221]
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Very good game
 
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7. Board Game: Chase [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:3552]
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A great game with dice without randomness of dice
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8. Board Game: Lines of Action [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:2526]
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This game deserves to be one of the all-time greats. Unfortunately it doesn't get as much play as it deserves - maybe because it can be played with a plain draughts set.
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9. Board Game: Cathedral [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:1481]
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I have always liked this game...its a 'take anywhere' type of game that is always fun to play and easy to get people involved. I own two versions...an all wood in a carry case that I bought at my now closed hobby shop and the polystone version that I usually have set up in the house somewhere!
 
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10. Board Game: *Star [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:6890]
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This is a wonderful connection game. It also comes with rules for *Star Y, which is also very good.
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11. Board Game: Cube Checkers [Average Rating:5.68 Overall Rank:12460]
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Another worthy game that was dismissed too early. Other Checkers variants can be played with the same piece power increase rules as well.
 
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12. Board Game: Emergo [Average Rating:7.01 Unranked]
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The square grid version of Emergo is a wonderful stacking game, definitely worth preserving.
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13. Board Game: Havannah [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:4003]
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Havannah on an order-10 board is well worth playing.
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14. Board Game: Realm [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:9198]
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Along with its sister, Sly, Realm is worth playing.
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15. Board Game: Steppe [Average Rating:6.14 Overall Rank:10787]
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A unique stacking game, overlooked.
 
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16. Board Game: Strata 5 [Average Rating:5.83 Overall Rank:10282]
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A great game, but it needs to be played on a 7x7 board (simply ignore 1 column and 1 row) to help mitigate a strong first player advantage.
 
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17. Board Game: Tanbo [Average Rating:5.25 Unranked]
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A territory game that's longer than most others on this list, but well worth playing.
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18. Board Game: Trax [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:3153]
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A tile laying game that every fan of abstracts should play.
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19. Board Game: Billabong [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:1954]
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I've said it before, but Eric Solomon is a genius.
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20. Board Game: Twixt [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:1534]
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I'm sure David Bush could wax poetic about this one. It is a wonderful game.
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21. Board Game: Focus [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:2693]
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Sid Sackson and it was a "Spiel des Jahres"
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22. Board Game: Abalone [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:1400]
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This game has won awards:
1988 - Concours International de Créateurs de Jeux de Société
1990 - Mensa Select

Expansions were created to allow for more than two players, and there is a website dedicated to the game. All that to say, this abstract is not forgotten.
 
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23. Board Game: Neutron [Average Rating:6.58 Overall Rank:9182]
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I've always enjoyed this one.
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24. Board Game: Tantrix [Average Rating:6.35 Overall Rank:2161]
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This is made of Bakelite. (Earlier versions were made of cardboard and then plastic.)
Similar to Trax in play it can be played by up to four at once (the single player version is more of a puzzle) without changing much in the time taken or the way it plays.

Oddly enough this has a higher rank but is rated lower than Trax.
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25. Board Game: Pente [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:1407]
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how I missed this one I'm not sure
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