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Generals' Chess. Missing description (9x9, Cells: 81) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Fergus Duniho wrote on 2021-02-23 UTC

Each player has 3 blacksmiths beside the board when the game starts. The first move consists of placing all 3 blacksmiths on the player’s second rank.

Considering that each player's second rank is already filled by Pawns, does this mean that Blacksmiths replace three Pawns on each side?

Bn Em wrote on 2021-02-23 UTC

It's not terribly clear given that the diagram lacks horizontal separators between ranks (instead using one text line per rank), but the pawns start (as written below the diagram) on the 3rd rank, not the second.

Though I'm a bit curious as to why 3 generals rather than the more obvious two?

Fergus Duniho wrote on 2021-02-23 UTC

I touched up this page and added some graphics. I used piece images from the Alfaerie: Many set, but the Blacksmith may be a new piece, and I'm not sure if that set includes anything that would be appropriate. Does anyone have a suggestion for what would be appropriate?

H. G. Muller wrote on 2021-02-23 UTC

The Blacksmith occurs in Chu Shogi as Horizontal Mover. There is a 'Chu-Shogi Western' page that uses an Alfaerie symbol for it.

Greg Strong wrote on 2021-02-23 UTC

There's also this guy:

Fergus Duniho wrote on 2021-02-24 UTC

The Blacksmith occurs in Chu Shogi as Horizontal Mover.

I found the Side Mover in Chu Shogi described as sRvW, but the Blacksmith in this game is a divergent pieces that moves like this only when not capturing. It captures as a Ferz.

H. G. Muller wrote on 2021-02-24 UTC

Oh, sorry, I missed that.

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