“I never liked playing chess, but I did like the idea of chess.”The name Really Bad Chess, meanwhile, has multiple meanings. It was originally suggested as a joke, but as Gage continued to work on his idea, it became more and more apt. For one thing, it’s a game designed in large part for people who are really bad at chess, serving as an entry point that allows them to better appreciate the game. But Really Bad Chess is also a game that might not sit well with purists. “If you look at this game and you try to appreciate it in the way that you’d appreciate chess, it’s really bad,” says Gage. “It’s a stupid game. But if you look at it from other contexts it becomes a lot more interesting.”. "Makes chess fun even if you’re really bad" - The Verge. "More modern than chess has ever felt" - ApplenApps. "a really bad idea [made] a lot of fun." - Pocket Gamer. Really Bad Chess changes this by completely randomizing what pieces both sides get. You could have a second row that has three knights and a queen in addition to some pawns. Or maybe you have a .