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It belongs to categories: Orthodox chess, 
It was last modified on: 2002-05-28
 By Ralph  Betza. Chess with Different Armies. Betza's classic variant where white and black play with different sets of pieces. (Recognized!)[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Greg Strong wrote on 2005-03-11 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
Looking back, I noticed that I had not rated this game, so I now correct this oversight with an 'Excellent' rating for my personal favorite variant. I hope that Ralph re-emerges soon, because I am concerned that his inventions might become overlooked without his continued input. But I will continue to do what I can to promote CWDA, though, such as voting for it's inclusion in Game Courier tournaments, and providing the best possible CWDA support to ChessV, for analysis of different army match-ups. Sometime in the not-too-distant future I will provide a great deal of information here on what I have learned from computer analysis of the major CWDA armies. Regarding the Pawn promotion rule: I would recommend a change to this rule. The current rule says a pawn may promote to any piece in either army at the start of the game. Here's the problem: What about the match-up of Nutty Knights vs. Nutty Knights? Since no piece in that entire army may move backward faster than one square at a time, even if a pawn promotes to a (very powerful) Colonel, it still probably can't move back into the frey quickly enough, seriously decreasing the value of pawn promotion. I would suggest the alternate rule: A pawn may promote to any piece (other than Pawn or King) in the player's army at the start of the game, or in the standard Orthodox Chess army (Fabulous FIDEs). This always provides the option of promotion to Queen.