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It belongs to categories: Orthodox chess, 
It was last modified on: 2003-02-25
 By Michael  Howe. Optima. Large variant influenced by Robert Abbott's Ultima.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Joseph DiMuro wrote on 2002-12-09 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
One small mistake on this page: when a fortress captures a non-inert piece,
ALL adjacent enemy pieces are captured, not just those orthogonally
adjacent. (I assume this is an error in the description, not in the ZRF;
the Fortress's counterpart, the Shaman, is correctly listed as capturing
all adjacent pieces.)

Now that we got that out of the way, I'd like to give a quick warning to
those who dare play this WONDERFUL game: it can be a brain buster! The
back rank pieces are very strong, and keeping track of them all is not
easy. A set of 9 pieces is preselected in the ZRF (18 for the unequal
armies version); I recommend you get used to those 9 before you play with
a different set of pieces. (By the way, those strong pieces do NOT make
the game too tactical, thanks to the pawns and guards standing in the way.
I'm sure that any combination of 9 bank rank pieces will lead to a good

Have fun folks! Don't go crazy (it's too late for me, by the way :-D)