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Cagliostro's Chess. Variant on 12 by 8 board with combination pieces. (12x8, Cells: 96) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Kevin Pacey wrote on Fri, Nov 1, 2019 03:12 AM UTC:

Does anyone know if this variant has been tested much over-the-board or online? Superficially, it looks like if a player castled (especially kingside, with the enemy queen beaming in to the l-pawn's home square right from the setup), he might routinely get destroyed by an attack based almost on long diagonals alone. In any case, the opposing bishops are beaming at each other's home squares in the setup, which may be seen as undesirable (though for 12x8 variants with the inclusion of bishops, some sort of tradeoff(s) may always have to be made when it comes to choosing a setup).

George Duke wrote on Wed, Mar 10, 2004 06:59 PM UTC:Excellent ★★★★★
Re Chas. Gilman's comment, Cagliostro's is fairly interesting mix of
standard compound pieces. When there becomes a predominant mainstream
replacement for 64-sq. Orthodox--versus CVP's Googol (10^100)
and more possibilities [See recent comments under random chesses,
Deployment and Slide Shuffle]--most likely it will have time-honoured, 
paired R, B, and N, as Orthodox, and such as Capablanca's, Grand, Omega, 
Falcon and Gothic, on expanded board. Here in Cagliostro's, the idea extends
the pairing to Archbishop (B, N) and includes one General (=Amazon = R,N,B). 
Its fully twelve files, however, as realistic sequel and serious
study, may belong to distant future, despite precedent in regional,
long-lived Courier Chess.

Charles Gilman wrote on Wed, Mar 10, 2004 11:36 AM UTC:Good ★★★★
The names of the compound pieces suggest that this is a further development of Capablanca's Chess, as does Florida's geographic proximity to Cuba. Is this the case?

John Ayer wrote on Tue, Jan 21, 2003 02:50 AM UTC:
The point about castling is well taken. We should probably adopt the castling rule from Courier-Spiel. Swapping the starting positions of the knight and archbishop would bring the knights to their usual distance from the king and queen. It would not solve what I see as another problem, that the bishops face one another along the diagonals, and if the d-file and i-file pawns are advanced, one bishop can take another on its home square.

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