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Rose Chess. Grand Chess, with Roses instead of Knights. (10x10, Cells: 100) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Jeremy Good wrote on 2009-09-13 UTCGood ★★★★
I think the basic opening setup [for Grand Chess version] needs some tweaking. White can play on his first move, b2-e5 and thus force the Black King to move back. One suggestion is to move all the pieces on the 2nd rank on to the first rank, so that, as with Nachtmahr, all the pawns are a knight's length away from the pieces.

The rose pieces and rose compound pieces designed by Abdul-Rahman Sibahi are beautiful.

[I see in the rules, it says this: 'Or you can put all your pieces on the first rank.' I will change the official preset to reflect this second alternative for reasons above.]

M Winther wrote on 2007-03-06 UTC
David, 12x12 is very ambitious. It risks becoming tedious. The pawns should probably promote earlier than 12th rank, like in Grand Chess. It seems like people have a fixation on composite pieces. It's yesterday's news, isn't it? Why not introduce some of the other piece types, which I described earlier (Terminology). /Mats

David Paulowich wrote on 2007-03-06 UTC

Coincidentally I am planning to post a 12x12 variant using the Bison (Camel+Zebra) and the Rose. To be precise: the 'Half Rose' (Ralph Betza's Halfling Rose) in my variant makes at most four Knight leaps in a half circle, thus avoiding the ability of the true Rose to make a 'null move' by leaping 8 times in a complete circle. [EDIT] The final version of Rose Chess XII turned out to be a low density game with none of the pieces listed in the next paragraph.

The three main pieces in my variant are the Grand Rook R+F+A, Grand Bishop B+W+D, and Grand Knight N+W+F. I plan to change these names, which have nothing to do with Christian Freeling.

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