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This page is written by the game's inventor, Antoine Fourrière.

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George Duke wrote on 2013-10-19 UTCGood ★★★★
Antoine Fourriere's ten CVs were made 2002 to 2006. The term prolificist has been used in CVPage for those designing fifteen or more CVs during the heyday of CV design about 1999 to 2009. Then were 'over-fifteen prolificist-club-members Paulowich, Joyce, Gilman, Lavieri, Duniho, Betza, Aronson, to name hardly 20% of them. Do the arithmetic: if there were 20 prolificists making average of 25 CVs during the Aughts 2000-2009, they alone have 500 CVs to study let alone play. 

This Bilateral is not one of Antoine's fantasy CVs like excellent Jacks & Witches, but an intended Next Chess solution.  Added to Bilateral to go along with the Orthodox six RNBKQP are Wizard, Elephant, Lion, and Cannon/Canon. Short-range Wizard is the better half of the two new pieces put into Omega Chess, but Bilateral Wizard has altered modality.  Though invented accidentally, the Murray Lion makes more natural fit than older large Shogi Lion because its value is weakened leaping two squares to move. Capturing like King, the Murray Lion can command all the squares on board eventually after the right captures. Whereas original large Shogi Lion would be near Queen value 7.5 or 8.0, Murray Lion is more desirable 4.0 within Bilateral. Focus in follow-up on Bilateral will be on Murray Lion and Cannon/Canon, since the other two new piece-types are intended more fantastically.

Also to consider are Antoine's current comment's subvariants of Bilateral and Paulowich's comment on the 8x12 board in general. '8x12' of course as alternate Chess solution has long history nearly a thousand years in European mediaeval Courier Chess of Germany.  At once Courier board of 96 makes a CV larger than conventional Shogi 81 and Xiangqi 90. As a result, 8x12 and a fortiori 10x10 are suspect solutions, consigned in most minds for fantasy CV workings not "Next Chesses."  Yet let's look in more detail since 12-wide does readily accommodate 5 natural pairs, not only four.

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