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Erez Schatz wrote on 2003-04-09 UTC
Thank you for your comment, the alfil can access each of the optional three
squares (D3, D5 and D7 for the white alfil) in his first move, and once it
is located in the 'middle square' it can move to any other of his
designated 4 squares. It is purely a limited defensive piece.
The Tank, Assassin and Knight were added to the game as support for the
infantry units, which are the main force and the main army, in the same
manner that infantry units are aided by artillery and tanks.
The Tank is a strong piece, but it has a weakness when it comes to
protecting its adjacent area. The Tank can only attack pieces located 2 or
4 squares away from it, and so it is very vulnerable to the attacks of the
Pawns and the Foxes.

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