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George Duke wrote on 2007-09-01 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
This is new departure for M Winther to go to 100 squares in own game. Maybe Bifurcation pieces too could demand 100 or even just full 8x10 for best treatment. Most of them implement so far on 64 or 66 or 68 squares with Omega-like corners not true 8x10. Were any of Venator, Buccaneer, DoubleCannon, Gladiatrix, Meridian, Murmillo, Naiad, Secutor, Alseid, Amiral, Belfry, Bombadier, Gastrophete, Doublebarrel, Castalia, Columbiad, CrossRook, Dimachaer, Gaul, Helmsman, Hoplit, Howitzer, Ladon, Laquear, Leto, Mangonel, Mortar, Trebouchet, Thraex, or Turret implemented on new-standard 80 squares? Not many, one being the CrossBishop, it appears, but they all could use more room for sure with their split continuations. If there were a natural mechanism to change one bifurcation piece-mode to another, the Bifurcation family could be answer to the elusive leap to Decimal 100 squares, if it is necessary to change so drastically, as Centennial Chess' introduction espouses. Finally, to mix threads, we are surprised to see JJoyce's phrase today 'sufficiently chesslike that it could be the next FIDE Chess'. That is where Winther's work is strong in always keying off the standard 8x8 six-piece-types for what warrants being next.

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