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Fergus Duniho wrote on 2005-02-27 UTC
<P>I just found an inconsistency in <I>The Chessmen of Mars</I> that your page doesn't mention. Both the sources you cite indicate that the Chiefs and Princesses do not go in the same files as their counterparts. Rather, each player has his Chief to the left of his Princess. Yet in the game between Gahan and U-Dor, U-Dor's first move is impossible with this setup. Burroughs writes:</P> <BLOCKQUOTE> U-Dor moved his Princess' Odwar three squares diagonally to the right, which placed the piece upon the Black Chief's Odwar's seventh. </BLOCKQUOTE> <P>Gahan was playing Black, and given the setup the sources seem to agree on, it would be impossible for Orange to move its Princess' Odwar to the Black Chief's Odwar's seventh. The only Odwar he could move there, given the presumed setup, would be the Chief's Odwar. But if the Chief and Princess were transposed, then this first move in the game would be legal.</P>

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