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It was last modified on: 2016-11-25
 By Gary K. Gifford. Shatar, Old 1 Hia. Old Shatar with one Hia. (8x8, Cells: 64) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
bukovski wrote on 2016-12-19 UTC

I always like your variants and find it interesting that you chose to improve on shatar.  I wonder if your experience has revealed whether this variant is more drawish with the use of the hia and the older shatar restrictions on delivering checkmate.  Do you think if one of the knights were to have the "enhanced" powers that Assia Popova described as appearing in the older shatar, that is, knight becomes an amazon after the first move, it would produce a balanced game affording more chances of checkmate?  I am assuming, of course, that my intuition about this variant being more drawish than shatar is true, but perhaps it is not.  I very much like your use of José Carrillo's modification to the hia power, which seems to create pleasing positional paradoxes.

Gary Gifford wrote on 2016-12-15 UTC

Thank you Fergus, for your Diagram suggestion. I added one.

Thank you Jose for your suggestion. I considered starting with Hias on the board, also considered allowing them to be dropped into the game on any vacant space in a player's first or second rank. But The goal of the game was to keep this as close to Shatar as possible... so it starts as does Shatar, with no Hias and with D-pawns advanced. Anyway, when the King moves I figured the bodyguard (Hia) would appear at the King's side, And this would be somewhat akin to castling in this game. 

Fergus Duniho wrote on 2016-12-07 UTC

This page could use a diagram. Even if the setup is the same as Shatar, Shatar is not nearly as well-known as Chess, and many readers may be unfamliar with it.

Jose Carrillo wrote on 2016-12-03 UTC


Why dropping the Hia after moving the King?

Why not just leave it there in front of the King protecting the King from the begining?

Just an idea.

Jose Carrillo wrote on 2016-12-03 UTC

As reference, here are my pages on: Hiashatar and Hia Chess

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