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Hammer Chess. Minor pieces have increased movement possibilities. (8x8, Cells: 64) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Charles Gilman wrote on Fri, Jul 16, 2004 06:44 AM UTC:Good ★★★★
As this variant features pieces commonly known (in games which also have the standard Bishop and Knight) as the Cardinal and Gnu, an alternative name for it could be 'Cardinal Gnu-man Chess'! Regarding major and minor pieces the standard distinction (at least in 2d Chess) is whether the piece can checkmate assisted only by its own King. The Rook can still do that in this variant, and so is a major piece.

benoit wrote on Sun, Apr 14, 2002 05:45 PM UTC:Good ★★★★
The knight is clearly stronger than the rook: in the center of a crowded board, it can control 16 squares,which is more than the rook on an empty board. The value of this knight should be close to that of the bishop, a bit less,I guess. The rook is therefore the only minor piece, and the most difficult to develop.Opening is hard stuff. I suppose it consists in opening files or diagonales to make quick and violent attacks by exchanging pawns, and making gambits (the pawn's relative value to other pieces is decreased compared to fide chess).

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