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Half Chess (32). On a 4 by 8 board without pawns. (4x8, Cells: 32) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Charles Gilman wrote on 2003-07-05 UTC
Yet another use for the idea of not using Pawns would be in a 4x4x8
variant. The first rank could be RDDR QESQ QSEQ RDDR and the second GBBG
UNNU UNNU GBBG. B/N/Q/R are the pieces from 2d, U the Raumschach Unicorn,
G(Governor)=B+U, D(Duchess)=R+U, S(Empress)=Q+U, E(Emperor, checkmating
just one wins)=K+1 cell Triagonally. The concentration of power would
certainly help overcome the difficulty checkmating in 3d!
	Regarding my previous idea for 4 players using cards, on reflection a
simpler rule than '1=King's square colour' would be '1=King's side',
but symmetry means that it would make no difference to play.
	Note that I have already given this page two ratings of Excellent, and
three might be seen as swamping.