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Charles Daniel wrote on 2009-12-21 UTC
Garth, 
The problem is that the setup is too tedious. It is just not that playable practically -- and is actually more unlike chess that a chess with exotic pieces. 
There is only one exotic piece in my proposed variant -- we can even do without it some prefer it that way. 
Necessitating Openings seems to be a good thing - why get rid of openings? 
My version provides both a setup and an opening phase which seems more desirable. 
There is enough variety in the setup to ensure that deep opening theory CANNOT be memorized (by humans).  
In fact, in addition to bishops on opposite colored squares I can  even place restrictions on where the  bishops can be placed and 2 other rooks can be placed. Perhaps like balancing them on each wing. This to reduce the number of possible positions but lead to more balanced setups. 

Computers can be programmed to do quite well in Big Board chess as it stands -- so defeating computers cannot be the goal in designing this or most chess  variants. 
Usually, I would submit this idea as a brand new variant, but I don't have the desire to make new variants anymore. If anyone is interested in developing a game from my proposition feel free to do so.

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