SpaceWarp 44, my chess variant, has made it into the finals for the 44-square contest! That quite a surprise! When I decided to enter the contest my only goal was to write a playable variant and have the submission completed by the deadline. The idea that I could make it through the first round of voting never, and I mean never, crossed my mind. The simple fact that I am such a poor chess player always led me to the conclusion that my chess variants were doomed to be equally amateurish. This unexpected success has re-inspired me to get back to working on my variant projects, after Wednesday's Savage Worlds game.