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George Duke wrote on Mon, Feb 28, 2005 06:53 PM UTC:Good ★★★★
'ABCLargeCVe': A 64-sq. board becomes 81 locations to move at its points, resulting in different sort of connectivity(unlike hexagonal boards and Fanorama Chess' Alquerque board too). These are Xiangqi points; Ralph Betza turns the board 45 degrees like this somewhere also. Bishop is Cannon-like. Pieces move in oblique directions along the lines, except Knight(Mao-like), which combines lateral and oblique each move, and Queen, which does one or other one-step per move. Maybe not enough distinguishment between Rook and Bishop. N needs strengthening vis-a-vis R and B, since they can slide up to eight spaces. Q and K are weak staying in fortress. This incorporates Western and Xiangqi elements, a sub-cross-thread. 64-space version is 7x7 square board off-oriented 45 degrees. Not clear whether Canonical Ch. has playability to match its originality; it seems play at the blue-cornered regions would be lost to the main action.

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