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Jeremy Good wrote on Wed, May 20, 2009 04:21 PM UTC:
Alibaba Chess Okay, just for kicks, I lengthened the board by one rank to make opposing alibabas oppose each other symmetrically - which creates an entire rank of asymmetry. I threw in two more alibabas and the orange disc just to make it more approximate to exactly one quarter for both sides (since one fourth of 90 is 22.5) - one extra piece that either side can control. In addition to one's own pieces, one *can* move the orange disc each turn. The disc can capture but must stay on the fifth rank and can only move like a sideways wazir. It's a sort of guardian (of the center rank). After both sides have completed their first ten moves, it disappears.

Pawns can move two steps foward on their first move and that includes center pawns.

Castling: King moves over two squares and rook moves to other side of king.

Anyone want to try this with me? I may want to replace some of the pieces here with other pieces. Any suggestions?

Here's an idea: Alibaba II - Increasing the power of the knight and bishop to keep pace with the larger board.

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