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 By Charles  Gilman. Symgi. A Shogi variant with back ranks filled with symmetric pieces. (9x9, Cells: 81) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Larry Smith wrote on 2006-07-22 UTC
Another solution for the Fezbaba is to allow it to promote, adding the simple orthogonal step. This would free it from the diagonal pattern. This way, they could be returned to their 'original' starting positions. The initial play of the game would have all these pieces on the same diagonal pattern. This would make for an interesting opening game dynamic, as the players vie to free one of these pieces from its pattern. And the capture and re-introduction would offer the potential of gaining the other diagonal pattern. This promoted piece would also aid in mating of the King. This same form of promotion could be applied to the other currently non-promoting pieces. Those that leap to the third cell would be allowed to move to each of the three positions of their movement. And these promoted pieces could be allowed to leap to any of those cells. With this particular rule, the pieces might be restricted to their un-promoted state when they are re-introduced to the playing field. Just a thought.