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Chess-Battle. War variant from the Soviet-Union, 1933. (12x12, Cells: 128) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
George Duke wrote on 2007-10-29 UTC
This thread is for Chess-Battle, a fine game chosen by CVP founder Hans Bodlaender, using Pritchard's then new ECV as major source. The game dates from before the modern era of CVs (1933) and its power derives duly from respect for that historicity, as well as being eminently playable. The early CVPage write-up from 1996 is among the first 60 or 80 CVs getting separate Rules treatment. Chess-Battle's relation to other CVs from the rachetting-up 1930's is evident, a popular time for war-theming. The same decade's Novo Chess from the other end of Europe is another example using military units. Cavalry and Soldier here in Chess-Battle are interesting compound movers. Cavalry incorporates both Knight and Camel distances and cannot jump over enemy's pieces.