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Chessma 84. Game with elements of Chess and Ultima on a board with two levels with special corner squares. (10x10x2, Cells: 84) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
George Duke wrote on 2008-07-09 UTCGood ★★★★
''A Siamese-Twin mixture,'' Chessma 84 strategy is complex not least because most, but not all, squares are common to both boards. There are 84 unique spaces to move for the 14 piece-types. Chessma is described as Ultima-OrthoChess hybrid. Pusher is forerunner of later Witch in Jacks & Witches. Pusher is also related to but different from Ultima alternate piece Repeller (Repeller captures), which comes from Robert Abbott himself. The Chessma Encloser may teleport to capture like in Go, completing the surrounding of the victim. Swapper was taken earlier in 2002 from Rococo, and Rococo uses Swapper to replace Ultima Coordinator. Swapper is V.R. Parton's Ximaera or Chimaerine. (Rococo does invent chiefly the Cannon Pawn itself and border-square mechanism.) Antoine Fourriere is still rated at top of general category in Game Courier. (ABCLargeCV)

George Duke wrote on 2005-01-24 UTCGood ★★★★
Continuing alphabetically retrospectively thru 'Large CVs': Do not be deceived by seeing 132 squares. Most of the squares are common to both halves, and there are only 84 unique spaces to move. There are 14 piece-types, the same number as Large Variant Contest winner Vyremon Chess on its 132 squares. The independent two rows of the two halves evince vague similarity to Altair, which comes later. Antoine Fourriere knows I like Jacks & Witches, Pocket Polypiece, Bifocal, and Chess on Larger Board, all his inventions. This Chessma might be too complex to go in detail into its strategy.

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