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George Duke wrote on 2009-09-14 UTC
At the present time Chessbase has some interesting wording on the equality of Bishop and Knight in referring to 10x10 board. Good heavens, do they know what they are in store for? Mere mention of previously taboo topic of 10x10 opens a whole can of worms. Just take a look at the last 12 years after Brown's Centennial solemnly coins ''the holy grail'' of decimal chess. And who of course has a head start of at least 100:1 over any ''expert'' they can summon.
http://www.chessbase.com/cbm/cbm131e/cbm131-09/kramnik_khalifman.htm 
I put this here because, true enough, it is an amazing equality of Bishop and Knight. And every variantist knows and understands well by now there are four fundamental chess pieces. The other equality may be even closer, or the same anyway, between Falcon and Rook. Incredible that in point value on boards from 6x6 through 8x8, 8x10 to 8x12, and ugly ones like 10x10 included, even Knight holds his own to Bishop, within a factor of just strengthening slightly Pawns to Knight's advantage on the larger ones. Throughout all those sizes, most of the time, whatever the mix or rules set, your basic fundamental Falcon equals your solemn fundamental Rook, the eternal four set off as if by perspicacious gamester goddesses' design. Analogue in physics might be equal masses of neutron and proton. It's conceivable even Chessbase could get with the program eventually. More likely it will have to have been forced on them by whoever plurally happen to act appropriately first.

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