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 By Charles  Gilman. Yoto. Variant with heavy Xiang Qi influences marks Year of the Ox. (9x9, Cells: 81) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Charles Gilman wrote on 2009-02-03 UTC
If I took all criticism of my variants personally I'd have pretty low self-esteem! I agree that compound oblique leapers can be overpowering on so modest a board, which is why I use them so sparingly. Perhaps I should have gone for a bigger variant and more piece types. Still, you hav einspired me to go ahead wth a comment of my own on Falcon Chess. Castling is a special move, but one that in FIDE Chess (and Yoto) can be replicated in just three ordinary moves if the square in front of the Rook's destination is also empty. A corresponding move can be replicated in Shogi only by dropping a captured piece, and in Xiang Qi not at all. In Xiang Qi on a Shogi Board replication takes five moves but without clearing first. So why exclude it in Yoto, even if its use would probably be rare?

John Smith wrote on 2009-02-02 UTCPoor ★
Don't take the rating personally, but it is well known that a game with Buffaloes is destined to be bad. Your XQ variant also has Castling, which is not in Xiang Qi or Shogi, not because it is impossible, but because the players just didn't decide to put it in.

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