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Peter Aronson wrote on 2005-01-15 UTCGood ★★★★
When fiddling around with another design, I came up with an alternate Falcon Chess on a 100 squares idea. <p> <hr> <p> <h3 align=center>Decimal Falcon Chess</h3> Chess with three-fold Falcons played on a 10x10 board. <h4>Setup</h4> Take the standard FIDE setup, and add a Falcon with a Pawn in front of it on each end, and place the white pieces on the 2nd and 3rd ranks, and the black pieces on the 8th and 9th ranks. The first and last ranks are empty. <h4>Piece Movement</h4> All pieces move as in regular Falcon Chess except as noted below. <p> Kings may either not castle, or castle as in FIDE Chess or use free castling at the choice of the players. The empty row behind the King seems to make castling less necessary. <p> Pawns may optionally promote to any previously captured piece or a Falcon on 8th or 9th rank, and <strong>must</strong> so promote if they reach the 10th rank. <h4>Comments</h4> You might think that the Falcon would be somewhat constrained in its development in the corners, but the extra option of sliding behind a Bishop and thus guarding the center once some holes open up seems to make up for it.

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