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It belongs to categories: Orthodox chess, 
It was last modified on: 2002-09-26
 Author: Tomas  Forsman and Peter  Aronson. Inventor: Tomas  Forsman. Viking Chess. Armies start side-by-side on a 12 x 7 board. (12x7, Cells: 84) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Tomas Forsman wrote on 2003-03-30 UTC
What I like most about this variant, and what other people seem to like about it as well, is that it has a very fast but balanced opening. Action starts right away. When I tried to hide away the rooks what happened was that queens came into the game a lot faster and it was a lot harder to stop that from happening. As it stands now there are three goals at the start of the game. Set up a defence/offence that helps your pawns to get through, take out your opponents pawns while still protecting your own, destroy your opponents defence/offence. The rooks make a very big difference on this board. I would say that the difference between rooks and bishops are greater here then in ordinary chess and pawns are definatly worth more. What pros do you see in pulling the rooks back? Regards Tomas Forsman