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It was last modified on: 2019-01-12
 By wdtr2. Shako_Balbo. Game with Diamond Shape Board.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Greg Strong wrote on 2020-09-25 UTCExcellent ★★★★★

This is an excellent chess variant, and is one of my favorites. I think it plays better than either of the games from which it is derived. The starting position is carefully considered, allowing a wide variety of different openings.

The rook should still be worth slightly more than the bishop on this board but it is very close. I performed the mobility calculation. With a 30% board occcupancy, the rook's average mobility is 9.8 whereas the bishop's is 9.2. And the mobility of the rook increases faster than that of the bishop as the board clears out.

Aurelian Florea wrote on 2019-07-01 UTC


Can pawns promote to anything when they do promote?

Also, my name if Florea!...

Kevin Pacey wrote on 2019-02-11 UTCExcellent ★★★★★

This game makes for a fine blend of two already interesting games.

At first when playing I felt like I was starting out missing an important pawn, but then I remembered that in chess, the Exchange Variation of the French Defence can produce plenty of interesting and decisive games, even between strong players.

Aurelian Florea wrote on 2019-01-15 UTC

@wdtr2 Thanks for mentionning me. It would help to also include why, but maybe that's not crucial :)! Have fun!

wdtr2 wrote on 2019-01-15 UTC

The rules have been updated for elephant, cannon, and Pawns.

Ben Reiniger wrote on 2019-01-12 UTC

While it's easy enough to guess your intention by looking at the Shako and Balbo pages, this page should mention the powers of the elephant and cannon, pawn starts and promotions.  (I guess castling is pretty obviously out.)

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