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Charles Gilman wrote on 2003-06-01 UTC
Fair cop over 'adjacent', I do tend to concentrate on moves comprising
unity and coprime leaps and neglect the rest. 'Nearest possible check'
would also cover check by an Alfil, Dabbaba, or their riders, but
describing check by an Alibaba or Waffle is harder.
	My other error is presentational. I mentioned a brilliant idea -
replacing the King with something that can move long-range but not through
check - gave its origin, and then considered the piece generally without
the further restrictions of a particular game. This I could have made
clearer. In fact I overstated the possibilities of check without the
outright bare-facing ban, as check would always require the intermediate
square NEAREST the checked piece to be guarded by an enemy piece.
	Whether what I describe is the same as Mr. Duniho's piece is a moot
point, but if he wants to credit me with inventing something different I
must credit him in turn for inspiring it. Either version still ranks
alongside the King Battler as being stronger than the standard King but
not as overwhelming as an unrestricted Kingrider.

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