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It belongs to categories: Two dimensional, Large board, Unorthodox shaped board
It was last modified on: 2002-11-13
 By Luiz Carlos Campos. Ramayana Chess. Chess variant inspired by the Ramayana epic. (Cells: 84) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
George Duke wrote on 2009-02-23 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
Let's go deeper. Buddha of Ramayana of course is in fact ''Rook-all'' you notice I sought from Chatham and Paolowich at Joyce's ''Shatranj Values'' 12.July.2008. Gilman, myself, et al. forgot, whereas ask mid-term prolificist type in Joyce's camp where are FAN and WDN, that Betza defined long ago, and he simply won't tell you. (Joe Joyce knew perfectly well Kozune's (2005) Zune and Kone are his reuses, and such practice explains their irrelevance.) Now the important points follow: that the leaping Rook-all/Buddha here (1,2)(1,3)(1,4)... indeed helps fit the needs of the Ramayana Indic Ocean Archipelago. I sought Rook-all back there to denigrate Bison (2,4)(3,4). ROOK-ALL/BUDDHA IS TO ROOK AS BISON IS TO FALCON! Anyone acquainting with (2,4)(3,4) arrival squares immediately recognizes understandable patented Bison drearily as the least interesting possibility. By contrast all the multi-path alternatives of Falcon are intriguing: OSPREY, CROW(one-path), MERLIN, RAVEN, MARSH HAWK, FERRUGINOUS, MAN-0-WAR of ChessboardMath6 or any sliding modality combining Rook- and Bishop-style. The Ungulate, being further useless in pawn enhancement, yet like Buddha/Rook-all would have arcane application in oddball boards and win conditions (John Smith's versatile point at new Ender's Chess). The minimax solution for distinguishment among R, N, and B, respecting all of the arrival squares, has their enabler in full-stop (2,4)(3,4) spaces however arrived at. I well remembered Rook-all but honestly not sure whether ''Bishop-all'' (2,2)(3,3)... has ever been tried before here. Reject it out of hand (for other than holed-boards), the evil brilliant Raksasha, and Bishop-all is sure to become someone's vested interest. Campos answers another Frequently Asked Question: ''First choose one of the pieces you own adjacent to the Raksasha. Then make a Raksasha move (an x,x jump). The piece you chose is now removed from the board.'' With comprehension, highly original Ramayana(2002) begins to look like one of the better conceived, as follow-ups investigate.