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It belongs to categories: Orthodox chess, 
It was last modified on: 2005-08-06
 By Christine  Bagley-Jones. FlyingDaggers ZIP file. Large variant with long leaping pieces.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Larry Smith wrote on 2005-08-04 UTC
Downloaded this implementation and gave it a go.  Very interesting play.

I do have a couple of observations, and these maybe totally personal.

First, there appears to be far too many Generals in the initial set-up.

I know that there is an attempt to provide a good strong starting
defensive position.  But with so many Generals, the game appears to 
devolve often into a General and Pawn War.

As an experiment, I eliminated all the Generals on the second rank and 
ran the game.  It was quite lively with early threats to each of the 
Shahs. And the flying pieces seemed to participate longer in the game.

Granted there could be a few more Generals, but I think that the current
number might be rather excessive.  How about six?  This would correspond
to the number of pieces on the first rank.  These could be situated on b2,
c3, e2, f2, h3 and i2.

Second, the arrangement of the opposing pieces mirroring the first player
does not seem appropriate to a game with an oriental theme.  I would
arrange the opposing first rank pieces right-to-left similar to the first
player rather than mirroring.