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Larry Smith wrote on 2006-05-11 UTC
Alekhine Chess has a different dynamic. Beside being a 14x8 playing field, all its leapers have immediate access the field. This is not necessarily a bad thing. It does create the potential of very powerful pieces making up the opening moves. Once one player introduces one of these leapers, it almost becomes mandatory that the opponent respond in kind. I recognized this in Octa-Asthapada, a 3D Chess game with lots of really powerful leapers. These fairly dominated the entire first half of the game. Each leaper in the Demon Game will take at least one developing move before it can access the central field. Creating the dynamic that these leapers are developed slowly during the game. Now Pawn structure can form the majority of opening moves.

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