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George Duke wrote on 2010-06-24 UTC
Frolov finds first use of a Bomb in 17th-century Semedo,
http://www.chessvariants.org/index/msdisplay.php?itemid=MSsemedo. [Find another Scientist; see below.]  Bombalot
from the 1960s may be the next example, but bombs, exploding, with or
without self-immolation are fairly common now by second decade 21st century
under cvs proliferated as contemporary artwork. Bombs of Bombalot
complement the Twekes and super-Twekes. 
Others: http://www.chessvariants.org/difftaking.dir/bomberchess.html; Gridlock has Bombs renamed as eliminations pieces, 
http://www.chessvariants.org/large.dir/gridlock/gridlockch4.html.
Now Bombs move or act in expected ways as a class. How about the Scientist of Semedo? Can you find another more contemporary Scientist. Do not expect her to move the same as Semedo's.

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