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Philosophers Chess. Chess variant on two small boards with usual and `philosophical' pieces. (6x6, Cells: 40) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
George Duke wrote on 2007-11-16 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
Philosophers Chess being 40 squares, one of the smaller forms, is absolutely one of the 2-3 best under 64 squares. Sheer genius! [One of at most 10 during 1995-2007 of all sizes worth having patented--too late now] Intricate strategy appears with no sense of being played on a small board. Five(or six counting the Thought) piece-types intelligently designed for easy coherence, enabling players to concentrate on tactics. No unnatural truncated radial (Rook here) move-types as so often artificially done by run-of-the-mill designers. The one complexity comes in the list of what each turn may alternately consist of, but the pieces move so naturally and familiarly, players easily adapt and are playing tha game within minutes. It is interesting there are so many as seven(7) in the list to do each turn.