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It was last modified on: 2003-04-07
 By Carlos  Martin-Fuertes. Diplomat Chess. Round-board variant with a Diplomat to suborn opponents. (Cells: 43) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Viktor Söderqvist wrote on 2004-06-06 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
Great game! I have played it a lot with my brother on a home made board. We usually play it with the following rule: A diplomat is not allowed to take back a piece immediately after it has been overtaken by the opponent's diplomat. (I call it the 'ko' rule, since it is similar to the ko rule in Go). I find this rule better than the '3 times repitition rule' since it favors the defender while the latter favors the attacker. <p>Consider the following scenario (a quite frequent one): <p>Both players keep their diplomats on a square next to the center, 'guarding' it. Let's say it is white's turn. If playing with the '3 times repitition' rule, white can walk through the center with a pawn or put another piece in the center with great advantage, since the 3rd time black can not overtake it. If playing with the 'ko' rule, the center is blocked and the focus of the game moves away from the center. <p>This is good because the importance of the center sometimes feels too dominating. If you don't agree, at least this rule makes an important difference in strategy.