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Roberto Lavieri wrote on 2003-05-06 UTCGood ★★★★
I can´t see OPTIMA as a game, intead of this it is a FACTORY for a family
of games. The game play vary dramatically with each combination of pieces.
Some selections leads to very good OPTIMA sub-games, games were you can
see ART in the game play, but with a lot of startups and piece selections,
I can´t be so generous. Many pieces are so strong that tactics is
extremely difficult, and the ends are straightforward after some path
walked on the game. I prefer  9x9 with 5 major pieces per band, and some
combinations of initial pieces and start-ups produce usual beautiful
games, that doesn´t seem to be the case with some others...
(please, excuseme if David and you are not the same person. I have now the
right information...)

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