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Gary Gifford wrote on Mon, Jan 19, 2009 05:39 PM UTC:
Hi Yu Ren Dong, and thank you for your recent comment in which you state two points, (1)The Kings are too weak to face Shogi promoted rook. (2) The Chinese Elephants are also too weak to face other pieces.

Thank you also for your suggestion, i.e. (A) let the kings also move diagonally and (B) the Silver Generals move to occupy the original squares of the Chinese Elephants.

Reply: That would change the game quite a bit. Each player would have much stronger defense capability. Attacking would be more difficult, defending would be easier.

If you want to make your suggested variation (which perhaps many would find better) I have no objection.

Note that there is a Zillions file for this game. The last I knew it mis-handled Cannons, but it still played by the rules and was still rather fun, I thought. ... Thanks again for your ideas.

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