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M Winther wrote on 2009-05-31 UTC
The Amazon is a fine piece. In Russian chess the queen is
replaced by an Amazon (perhaps that's what you mean by
Amazon Chess). Russian Chess was very popular in Russia. Of
course, such a variant is endgame oriented while the Amazons
are likely to be exchanged. This likelihood is lower
in Gustav III's Chess while there are two Amazons
on each side. This variant works finely. The Amazons partake
modestly in the game from the beginning. They are so
valuable that they aren't that effective in crowded positions.
D'Autremont solved the problem that the Amazons can soon be
exchanged, which too soon removes them from
the board. In Angel Chess, the Angel (Amazon) may not
capture an Angel if the piece is visually guarded. Together
with the fact that the players' bishops move on different
colours, this gives the Amazon a great attacking potential.
It's an aggressive variant. Concerning Alekhine Chess.
Although it probably works, it might seem a little brutal
and vulgar. On the other hand, people like slasher films,
too.
/Mats

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