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Charles Gilman wrote on 2010-01-25 UTCGood ★★★★
This looks a promising variant. If I understand it correctly the move from either pole to any adjacent cell is both an orthogonal step and a diagonal one. The position of the Elephants looks a bit awkward, but given that it gives them access to the pole it's not as bad as it first appears. Since other pieces are where they need to be (to preserve patterns such as Knights threatened by Cannons but covered by Rooks) It seems that the Elephants have to go on the rank where you've put them. One small quibble: it would be better if you didn't set the links to automatically open a new window, as those who want a new window can always click with Shift held down. Some of us don't like to clutter our task bars up, and would rather go foreward and back within a single window.

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