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 By Key  McKinnis. Drop Chess. Players can select from nine chess armies on an 8x8 or 9x9 board. (9x9, Cells: 81) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
George Duke wrote on 2010-11-16 UTC
Joyce mentions different Pawns and many of these pairs fit the sub-category chess different pawns. 9 different armies for 9x9 or 8x8 making 81 possible match-ups per board (at least the 162 total unique line-ups) sure to wreck opening convention. A couple core armies, such as Alfil Army, seem stronger than the others, which would recommend some alteration. The piece-types mixed are not so conventional as first appearance by standard indicia RNB-WADFN, because of twists like forward-only components, as if wanting to apply a Shogi brush occidentally for some reason; also side and not vertical, forward as Bishop backward Rook after Schultz's 1940s Hunter-Falcon etc.

H. G. Muller wrote on 2010-03-30 UTC
This game is ideally suited for implementation in Fairy-Max: all pieces are normal Chess pieces with straightforward moves and no side effects. So it is just a matter of adapting the table of move steps in the ini file. I guess I should test the equivalence of the armies one day with it. The fact that it is a shuffle game also provides an ideal way to avoid duplicate games: I can just start with randomly shuffled setups.

Anonymous wrote on 2010-03-29 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
George Duke, did yu know that Chess with different armies is not the first chess game with diffirent armies? I think, Drop chess is even a bit more interesting than CWDA. CWDA, of course, also have good points: it can be played with standart chess set. I think, CWDA is good when you want to play game, wich is close to chess, and DC is good if you want to play new game. Actually, i don't think that this game is 'excellent', my real opinion is 'good', i just don't want it's avarage rating be 'below average'.

George Duke wrote on 2005-02-03 UTCPoor ★
'DEF,LargeCV': 'Drop Chess' a misnomer, it is a Chess-Different-Armies copycat. Nine armies mean eighty-one new games. None of Ralph Betza's elan or panache here, no Betza-style reasoning and rigour. 'I would just like someone's else's opinion if the armies are equally balanced or not' --McKinnis. Sweep this one aside and start from scratch if wanting to add teams to 25-year-old Chess-Unequal-Armies.

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