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King Arthur's Chess 72. Chess on a round board,. The odd number of files allows the Bishops to access every cell on the board - not colour-bound. (9x8, Cells: 72) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Charles Gilman wrote on 2010-07-28 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
Not only does the extra file unbind the Bishop, it also allows the Knight to lose the move in 5 moves e.g. a1-c2-e1-g2-i3-a1.

💡📝David Cannon wrote on 2010-07-26 UTC
Thank you, Daniil. Thanks also for your suggestion about having only seven rather than nine files. I suppose it comes down to personal taste - I mostly prefer larger boards to smaller ones (my Chess on a Soccer Ball is an exception). But yes, removing one of the rooks and its file would work well too.

Another thing you might notice: most of my games allow pieces to merge with other pieces; this one does not. That is deliberate: as this board was designed with the Bishop in mind, I want to let the Bishop shine without merging with other pieces.

Daniil Frolov wrote on 2010-07-26 UTC
...because it's good improvement of games with 2 queens in 9 files.

Daniil Frolov wrote on 2010-07-26 UTC
This just like FIDE chess with another one file with queen and pawn, played with cylindrical chess mutator ( ), but pawns can promote to conqueror and other minor rules changes. I think, better decision is to remove rank with one of rooks (7 ranks, also odd number). But your variant is also good.

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