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Compound Courier Custom Chess. Game uses the Courier 12x8 board and adds knight compound pirces. (12x8, Cells: 96) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Graeme Neatham wrote on 2017-03-10 UTC

Hi Malcolm,
Thanks for your interest in this variant.  The move to the 3rd / 6th ranks for the Pawns was the last modification made to the starting array, and was an idea taken from Makruk (Thai Chess).
It was done to  balance the loss of the Pawn's initial 2-step movement and the loss of castling.  I did not see the undefended a, e, and l pawns as detrimental to the game.

The number of pieces for each compound type was based upon my estimates of their relative strengths - one of each for the more powerful and two of the least powerful Courier. In naming the piece types I try to ensure that the initial letters of the names different from each other.

Cheers
Graeme