Why don't you try on shogi(Japanese chess)? It's a cool game.
* Third biggest population among chesslike games.
* Captured pieces can be reused.
* 6 kinds of pieces can promote.
* Material advantage is less important relatively.
* Low draw rate(1~2%)
* Turnaround often occurs even in the endgame.
* The first movers winning % is 53% or so.
* Many castling patterns exist.
* Many artistic mating problems have been created.
* Top pro players earn million $