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. A 9x9 variant, with a Bodyguard and two Kwaggas per side (zrf available).[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
💡📝M Winther wrote on Sun, Nov 26, 2006 06:05 PM UTC:
David, I don't know, but I think not, because the Kwagga cannot gain
tempo. This it has in common with the knight. It is easy for a bishop to
gain tempo (or lose a move, if you will), and this is why bishop and
knight can give mate, together with a king. However, a Kwagga cannot
possibly give mate together with a bishop if the Kwagga moves on the same
square colour as a bishop(?). 

By the way, I have now implemented Kwaggas as second variant in Mastodon
Chess (10x10).
In this way one can compare the Kwagga's properties with the knight's,
and see how it affects the game. /Mats

David Paulowich wrote on Sun, Nov 26, 2006 02:38 PM UTC:
Is it possible to force mate with King + two Kwaggas against a lone King? I am looking for something more than a simple mate in one or two moves, resulting from a blunder by the lone King. See the Comments dated [2006-04-03] by myself and Joost Brugh for information on the cases involving pairs of Camels, Cannons, and Knights.

💡📝M Winther wrote on Sun, Nov 26, 2006 07:29 AM UTC:
Charles, they are actually on the diagram (striped horses).
I strongly suspect that it's possible, in any big-board variant, to add
Kwaggas in exchange for the knights. In some cases the game might become
more attractive while the Kwagga seems always to have the same value, more
or less, as a bishop. This means that they can be exchanged. Sometimes the
knight seems to play a retiring role. Adding Kwaggas would change this. I
will probably add Kwaggas to Mastodon Chess. I wonder how this extinct
species would fare in all those popular Capablanca variants. /Mats

Charles Gilman wrote on Sat, Nov 25, 2006 07:11 AM UTC:
The array diagram on the link appears not to show any Kwaggas. Are they available only by promotion, or kept in reserve, or what?

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