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It was last modified on: 2005-02-24
 By Charles  Gilman. Wildeursaian Qi. Variant on 10 by 10 board combining ideas of several existing variants. (10x10, Cells: 100) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Charles Gilman wrote on 2006-03-02 UTC
One point about this variant is the total strength of the array. The simple pieces have all the moves of the compound ones twice over. The key could be to think of the usual goal of capturing enemy pieces quicker than they capture yours into gaining offensive advantage by capturing simple pieces while preserving ones own compound ones and gaining defensive advantage by the reverse. The FIDE thought proces is often interms of exchanging pieces of the same type. The question here might be in terms of thinking in terms mainly of evaluating a compound piece against a number of simple ones (typically three given the restraints to compounds?). All the same I can see that a subvariant in which compound pieces can indeed cross the River in some limited way would be less divegent from FIDE Chess and might go down well. A thought occurred to me to allow crossing orthogonally forward and diagonally backward, or in the Gnu's case Knightwise forward and Camelwise backward. Within each half of the board they would be unrestricted, as would promotion on both end ranks. I could envisage a similar subvariant of Anglis Qi itself, and also of Alibaba Qi (http://www.chessvariants.org/index/msdisplay.php?itemid=MSdualdirectionv), an all-compound varaiant whose basic form allows crossing orthogonally or Knightwise but not diagonally or Camelwise. Perhaps as all three vasic variants end in Qi the subvariants should substitute some other Chinese word conveying the divergent crossing. This might be better than the other alternative, prefixing with some attributive word resulting in long names - as well as being in keeping with the existing Anglis and Wildeurasian indexing. Suggestions are welcome.