Best of the West Review

Designers: Eric Smith, Pat WetherbeeArtist: Javier CharroPublisher: Wily Beast GamesStatus: Published No. of Players: 2-6 Playing Time: 2-3 hours. The rule book is laid out such that it walks you through the rules and actions of the game. You will want to keep the rule book handy for each encounter until you are fairly familiar … Read more

Four Knights Game: Opening Guide for White & Black

The Four Knights Game dates back to the middle of the 19th Century and was a favored chess opening of Capablanca, Tarrasch, and other top players between the 1850s and 1930s. The Four Knights Opening comprises natural developing moves, making it an excellent chess opening for beginners. This is a sound chess opening because it … Read more

The Benko Gambit: A How to Play Guide for White & Black

Quick overview The Benko Gambit is an opening arising after the move order 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 b5. Black sacrifices a pawn in order for a positional advantage and to play on an open queenside. White can have trouble converting their material advantage, even after trading pieces. If they can thwart Black’s queenside attack, … Read more

Top 10 Heavy Euro Games

While I consider myself very much an omnigamer—I’m happy playing anything from party games to 18XX—heavy-ish euro-style games continue to be some of my favorites. And here at BoardGameQuest our series of Top Ten lists is sorely missing a list of the best heavy games out there. Now I will say, “game weight” is a … Read more

History of Chess (Part 2)

We have looked at the humble beginnings of chess in History of Chess (Part 1). All the stepping stones that have made chess what it is. From how technology has impacted the game and FIDE’s part in ensuring that everything stays stable even during the pandemic. In this article, we will look at all the … Read more