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Greg Strong wrote on 2005-07-17 UTC
Thank you all for the usful comments.  I've decided to resolve the problem
with the A-file being safe from angels (at least for now) by reversing the
pieces (both white and black) on the h- and i-files.  This does have the
effect of eliminating the distinction between the light and dark squares;
now white has a light-colored angel and a dark-colored angel, and black
has devils on both squares.  This also addresses Sam's very valid concern
that opposite colors makes the game more draw-ish.  Of course, this means
that all the computer testing that I have done to test the balance will
have to be redone.  I'm afraid that eliminating of the a-file safe-zone
will make White more powerful.  We'll see.  I'll upload a new image and
update this page shortly.  

P.S. the new ChessV version released already incorporates this change.

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