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This item is a Zillions-of-Games file
It belongs to categories: Orthodox chess, 
It was last modified on: 2006-10-27
 Author: Michael  Asher. Gala ZIP file. Historical German variant from the Middle Ages.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
M Winther wrote on 2006-10-28 UTC
Well, Mr. Mayer probably thinks it's a nice page, because I've implemented his reconstruction (he has been very helpful). But how authentic are these rules? I don't know what sources he has. It seems difficult to win sometimes so, in a variant, I added the lone king rule (from Shatranj). But I haven't investigated it thoroughly. The 'holy center' rule seems authentic (it's similar to hnefatafl), but other variants could be tried, for instance: a piece is allowed to enter the centre provided that he leaves in the next move. Michael's version is different in some important aspects. The only way is to play games and see which variants are the best.