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It belongs to categories: Orthodox chess, 
It was last modified on: 2003-01-21
 By Ralph  Betza. Pancake. A piece that moves and captures like a non-royal King or a Nightrider-style cannon.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
gnohmon wrote on 2003-01-22 UTC
So many comments! I was thinking of having the Q be Pancake plus Doughnut, hoping that the all-short-range army would be slightly weak and that the extra (and somewhat undependable) power of the pNN components would merely balance that. I wanted to call this piece the Profitterol. It sounds like Pizza King experience shows that an all-short army is not weak. Also, because Pancake can mate and Doughnut can mate (i think) and 2 Waffles can mate, the Bakers have a certain endgame advantage, a few percentage points of extra wins. Sounds like consensus is we need at least half an atom less than full Queen. Therefore, NADmW, call it the Cruller, hits the two-space ring around it and also can move not capture as W. I've always found this piece to be a bit weak compared to its expectations, which is even better for the balance here. By the way, the weak Waffle, mWA, sounds like a great piece. It's going to be very frustrating to use, so when you manage to get it to do some good work in a position you'll feel triumphant. The DAmF has been tried, and it was hard to use; it was hard to remember that the F move was non-capturing, so one would often err in combinations. A whole army of pieces that are frustrating and difficult to use? Ouch! I say try the Cruller, see if it works.