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It was last modified on: 2016-01-24
 Author: Ben M Reiniger. Hiashatar Photos. Photos of some hiashatar sets from Mongolia.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Ed wrote on 2014-01-21 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
Well, I prefer the painted pieces to the stained, and, while there are certainly aesthetic and historical reasons for the monochromatic board, I think it makes seeing the moves along the diagonal more difficult -- at least for me. The hia is an interesting piece: I like the move suggested by a number of commentators here, i.e., that the hia's zone affects only opponents. I know the material of Mr. Kisliouk says that K+Hia is a draw against bare K because of the Hia's inability to deliver checkmate. I wonder if the power is like the N in shatar, the curious ability to check but not checkmate, or if, because completely unable to threaten the opponent's K, the Hia has two "predators" on the board the K and N. Since these are modern, I wonder if this game is moribund in Mongolia and if these sets are meant only for export as curios.