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It was last modified on: 1999-05-08
 By Ruggero  Micheleto. Ultra Chess. On 10 by 10 board with two queens, and major pieces have an additional king's move. (10x10, Cells: 100) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
an easterner wrote on 2003-09-28 UTC
To be frank, I think this variant is good in terms of gameplay (although the fact that all the pieces can do the 'king move' may make the gameplay a bit too uniform when the position is closed and many pieces are adjacent to each other), but I don't like the idea of having the 'Consort' piece on the board. If you really wanted to import the 'Asian idea' of warfare into the game, you should have renamed the 'Consort' piece as the 'Guard' or 'Advisor' as in Xiangqi. Having a 'Consort' on a battlefield to act as a bodyguard is very strange according to the eastern perspective. Maybe it is just me, but the idea of having the King's female partner to protect him at close range on a battlefield just does not seem right. Ok, maybe this is an eastern view (or even just my personal view), but having a female partner to act as a bodyguard just seems too dishonourable for my taste. If I were the king, I would probably be ashamed into resignation on the first move of the game. At least in International Chess the Queen's primary purpose is not to protect the King but to attack the opponent and checkmate the other King. Sorry if the comment seems somewhat irrelevant.