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It was last modified on: 2001-03-26
 By Alberto  Monteiro. 4 x 4 x 8 Tri-dimensional Chess. Missing description (4x8x4, Cells: 128) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Charles Gilman wrote on 2003-03-23 UTC
Further to my previous comments I have now devised better names for my suggested combined pieces. I was particularly dissatisfied with Spire - 'a tower-like building with a horn-like top'. As part of a more comprehensive set of names I have settled on DUCHESS for the rook-unicorn combination and GOVERNOR for the bishop-unicorn one.

Charles Gilman wrote on 2003-02-16 UTCGood ★★★★
Further to my previous coment, all reference to 'files' should of course read 'ranks'. The file is of course the same 8-cell line as in standard 2-d chess, except there are 16 of them. It is easy to get confused in 3 dimensions!

Charles Gilman wrote on 2003-02-16 UTCGood ★★★★
This is the best 3-d game I have seen so far on these pages. By being even in every dimension it overcomes the problem in Raumschach of unequal squares of different colours. It has much in common with a version that I devised, which also uses a 4-by-4 'file' with the second full of pawns and rooks at the corners of the first. My pattern for the first file was RUBR BEQU USMB RBUR where E represents an EMPEROR - a king which can also move one square on the TRIAGONAL - C a SPIRE combining rook and unicorn moves - and M a MINOTAUR combining bishop and unicorn moves. Names in capitals are my own coinage. The author's suggestion of modifying to have 4 unicorns and 2 bishops is a good one, and gives me an idea for combining the best of both our versions by having unicorns along two sides and a bishop and knight along the others, thus RUUR BEQB NSMN RUUR.

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