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Royal Amazon Chess. Queens are replaced by Royal Amazons. (8x8, Cells: 64) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Tony Quintanilla wrote on Tue, Mar 7, 2006 09:53 PM UTC:Good ★★★★
This is a neat game. The idea of a Royal Amazon is intriguing in that it is both powerful and vulnerable. In the sample game I fell into the trap of capturing a seemingly exposed Rook, only to find my Amazon unable to escape without loosing the game. A word to the wise!

Sam Trenholme wrote on Thu, Mar 2, 2006 04:31 AM UTC:Excellent ★★★★★
The idea of having two royal pieces, where checkmating either piece wins (or forking both pieces with a defended piece), I think makes for a game with more tension than FIDE Chess. I especially like one of the royal pieces being very powerful; an Amazon usually is too powerful, but making it royal is a brilliant way of restraining its power.

- Sam

💡📝Peter Aronson wrote on Wed, Mar 1, 2006 01:15 PM UTC:
Yes, Kings are still Royal too, since the rules are the same as FIDE Chess except for the Queen. I have made that clearer.

Charles Gilman wrote on Wed, Mar 1, 2006 07:59 AM UTC:
As I understand it the King is still royal, and therefore checkmating that is always a possibility. All the same, I can see a case for barring moves through check, as is the rule for the royal piece in Superking.

Sam Trenholme wrote on Wed, Mar 1, 2006 07:05 AM UTC:
My impression: This game will probably need a 'bare amazon' rule (if all pieces except the amazon are taken, the person with just the amazon loses).

I am also very leery of games where the royal piece becomes very powerful; my worry is that this will result in more drawish games, since it is not practical to mount an attack against the opponent's royal piece. Strategys like sacrificing a piece to get a strong attack against the opponent's king (think FIDE Chess world champions Morphy and Tal) just don't work because the amazon can too easily retreat.

- Sam

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