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Venator ChessA game information page
. Introducing the Venator, a bifurcation cannon related to the Korean cannon, on a Gustavian board (zrf available).[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
H. G. Muller wrote on Mon, Jul 6, 2020 06:21 PM UTC:
files=10 ranks=8 promoZone=1 promoChoice=QNBRV graphicsDir=/graphics.dir/alfaeriePNG/ squareSize=50 graphicsType=png hole::::a2-a7,j2-j7 pawn:P:ifmnDfmWfceF:pawn:b2-i2,,b7-i7 knight:N:N:knight:c1,h1,,c8,h8 bishop:B:B:bishop:d1,g1,,d8,g8 rook:R:R:rook:b1,i1,,b8,i8 queen:Q:Q:queen:e1,,e8 venator:V:gafyafsR:champion:a1,j1,,a8,j8 king:K:KisjO2:king:f1,,f8

This article has no graphics and a very minimal description, so let me post this diagram to liven it up a bit. Also a good opportunity to draw some attention to the class of pieces known as Bifurcators. The Venator is not nearly appreciated as much by the Diagram as it is by its inventor: only about 2/3 of a Knight. This is not to say the Diagram is right, of course. For one, it only tries to estimate intrinsic tactical ability. A piece like the Venator has great forking power in dense positions, so it will be almost impossible to prevent the players can trade it for another minor in an early stage.