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 Author: Fergus  Duniho. Home page of The Chess Variant Pages. Missing description[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Mark Thompson wrote on 2003-10-23 UTC
You say there are 33 pieces on a board of 169 (13x13), and many of them have varying powers, and the Fisher in particular has powers that vary according to the color of square it occupies. This leads me to speculate that the pieces begin all on the dark (or all on the light) squares of the first 5 ranks of each side of the board, including the corner squares, and that the ones whose powers vary, ALL vary (like the Fisher) based on the color square they occupy. At the start of the game, moving your pieces onto the other color of square 'develops' them, giving them powers that will make them more useful in the middle game. If this is really how the initial arrays are set up, gaining extended diagonal movement would be handy.