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It was last modified on: 2002-10-01
 By Samuel H. Bell. Influence Chess. Pieces on the top or bottom layer influence which chess pieces may move on the middle layer. (4x7x3, Cells: 84) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
George Duke wrote on 2017-03-12 UTCExcellent ★★★★★

 A square that a main Middle board piece sits on has corresponding square in Above and Below boards. These locations (departure square) 'influence' whether a move can be considered or not. To make the move, it also must be legal within the Middle board. Sometimes the Above or Below two piece-types move their one- or two-square way, and other times they duplicate a Middle board movement. Rules may very well be interpretable (including moving opponent's piece) in all cases.


Yu Ren Dong wrote on 2008-10-14 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
I like this variant. I never dreamed of the desgin like it.

George Duke wrote on 2005-02-24 UTC
'GHI,LargeCV': Good central idea bogs down in actualization. A square that a main Middle board piece sits on has corresponding square in Above and Below boards. These locations (departure square) 'influence' whether a move can be considered or not. To make the move, it also must be legal within the Middle board. Sometimes the Above or Below two piece-types move their one- or two-square way, and other times they duplicate a Middle board movement. Rules may very well be interpretable (including moving opponent's piece) in all cases. However, constant re-figuring of rules thwarts development of strategy. How about a simple 'influence' within just one board instead? For ex., Rook/Bishop/Knight based on black/white departure square, or else Berolina/Standard Pawn based on piece adjacent or not. Or an Eight-Stone Chess moving-blockade sort of influence?

LCC wrote on 2002-10-01 UTCGood ★★★★
This is promising. I'll comment again after playtesting. By the way, I'm assuming a pawn can't promote to a prince or commander, right?

Jianying Ji wrote on 2002-10-01 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
This been an idea I been thinking of for a while. It pleases me to no end that someone has made a variant along these lines. It would be great to see more variants using 'influencing' as an element in them.

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