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 Author: John  Ayer. Turkish Great Chess variation V. Large variant with three new pieces. (13x13, Cells: 169) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
David Paulowich wrote on 2007-05-12 UTC
The Great Ferz sounds like the Hippogriff, which has a movement diagram on the Gryphon page. For another web page on this chess variant, go to CWRU Medieval Society click on 'Arts & Science pages' and then click on 'Shatrank al-Kabir'.

Jean-Louis Cazaux wrote on 2007-05-12 UTCPoor ★
I regret the chosen options to represent the pieces:
The Gazelle (that's the original name) moves like what we call a Camel. Why chosing a Giraffe to represent it?
The Great Ferz moves like the Giraffe in Tamerlane Chess. Why chosing a Chancellor, represented by Rook+Knight, to represent it?
These are unfortunate choices, adding confusion. I'd like to see them changed  one day.

By the way, this is the only variation which can be considered as Turkish. It appeared in 1805-06 in a Turkish Encyclopedia authored by Muhammad Hafid.
All other variants are not Turkish but Indians. See Murray for details.
(Gollon copied Murray but did a big mistake here. Pritchard pointed Gollon's mistake as well.). Too bad that those mistakes are continued here.

Charles Gilman wrote on 2003-03-16 UTC
This makes for a big imbalance between square colours. All the colourbound pieces are confined to the same colour!

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