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David Paulowich wrote on Sun, Mar 11, 2007 02:37 AM UTC:

Examining the WHITE pieces:

2xFerz travel the 40 light-colored squares

2xWar Machine travel the 16 dark-colored squares on ranks 2, 4, 6, 8

2xElephant travel 12 dark-colored squares on ranks 1, 3, 5, 7, 9

and none of these six pieces can travel the 13 remaining dark-colored squares on ranks 1, 3, 5, 7, 9. Identical colorbound pieces can defend each other, as in Chinese Chess. Without Shogi drops to 'mix things up', this game would run the risk of fragmenting into a series of separate battles. In my Shatranj Kamil variants on 64 squares and 100 squares, these six colorbound pieces are reduced to three: a Ferz and two Elephants that use a weaker version of the Alibaba move.

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