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. A Shatranj variant with Shogi-like drops, a Trojan Horse (with 6 pieces inside).[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Roberto Lavieri wrote on Mon, Nov 21, 2005 02:31 PM UTC:Excellent ★★★★★
Shatranj of Troy is a very nice game. I like it. The ZRF is not very strong, as usual with games with drops, but it can offer very interesting games for the player. Some Shogi flavor, it was an excellent idea of Gary, the limited power of pieces makes this game very good for the drop concept.

💡Gary Gifford wrote on Sat, Nov 19, 2005 04:43 PM UTC:Excellent ★★★★★
Hats off to L.L. Smith on his creation of this challenging ZRF.  I have
play-tested it and am amazed at the variety of tactics the program has
employed... the most humorous being what I call a 'marching double-camel
mate.'  In another game I forced a Rook triple wazir mate... quite fun.

When you play you will see the contents of each Trojan Horse, but not any
captured pieces.  However, simply click on a vacant square and you can see
what you can drop there (providing it is legal to drop something).  You may
want to keep a note of what pieces the ZRF has captured.

When a Trojan Horse is captured and dropped, it is easy to tell the
original from the dropped horse (important because of the retained cargo).
 For example, if we see two blue Trojan Horses on the board, the original
has a blue T and the captured Horse has a white T.  That is a clever idea
as you can quickly see which Horse controls which cargo... there is no

I have played about 12 games of this thus far.  Play has been dynamic in
each case.  And each game has been very different from the others.  The
shortest game, thus far was 9 moves.  The longest 40 moves.

In closing, well done Larry!

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