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It belongs to categories: Orthodox chess, 
It was last modified on: 2003-02-24
 Author: Ralph  Betza and John  Lawson. Inventor: Ralph  Betza and Peter  Aronson. This Game is for the Birds. Game where pieces fly past obstacles and some pieces capture by pecking. (8x8, Cells: 64) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
George Duke wrote on 2008-06-18 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
''In the original conception of this game, the counterpeck of a dying piece could kill the Roc's Egg (King), and Pawns (Nestlings) had only their usual FIDE powers.'' Betza, Aronson and Lawson rightly uphold imaginative TGIFTB as perfectly playable and could add today more entertaining than 90% of 2007-2008 rerun fare. In rating Betza's ''This Game is for the Birds'' Excellent also, Peter Aronson comments: ''This is a strange and very mobile game, where pieces ghost around freely, and a Pawn's life is not a happy one.''

Peter Aronson wrote on 2002-11-29 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
This is a strange and very mobile game, where pieces ghost around freely, and a Pawn's life is not a happy one. Flamingos and Flaming Cranes in particular have a short way with threatening Pawns -- the Pawn moves up, and is pecked, and that's that.

A minor question -- if a Crane has not moved, but pecks at a piece from its starting place, can it still castle? Also, when castling long, would a piece at b2/8 still block castling?


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