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George Duke wrote on 2005-01-30 UTC
'ABCLargeCV': Before reading on, peruse 'Cardmate' and make a salient comment for practice. Cards and chess are used together in Knightmare Chess, adapted from Tempete sur l'Echiquier. Dice and chess were used for centuries from year 600. 'Fortunately these rules can be relaxed at will.' That sounds suspicious. 'Games usually last around 80 moves, give or take 40 moves.' That clinches it as a hoax: not altogether incoherent, characteristic of any charade. A special deck has variously from 52 to 56 cards. The cards and suits correspond to specific assizes. They stand as well for a position and a move, like 'diagonally forward', never mind 1,2,or 3. 'Vous transformez l'un de vos Cavaliers en Chameau' works a lot better. Stay with Knightmare if necessary. Cards and Chess still have unrealized potential.

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