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It was last modified on: 2011-06-21
 By Jörg  Knappen. Knavish Shatranj. Shatranj with Knaves and Debtors. (8x8, Cells: 64) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Charles Gilman wrote on 2011-06-22 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
I hope that the rating isn't over the top for something that, after all, was inspired by a variant of mine and uses its distinctive pieces.
	Inotice that the piece with the most forward Knight moves remains in the Knight position, and iomagine that this is deliberate.
	It is an interesting observation that although you replace the Knight as well as the Elephant with bound pieces (albeit less bound than Elephants) you still think that the army is about the same strength. Is it because the Knave and Debtor triangulate? Would a Shatranj army with the Elephant strengthened to an Alibaba (which again can triangulate) and Knight weakened to, say, a Crab also be about the same strength? There could be a whole series of armies here to fight each other.
	Christine, as I understand it they are the same pieces as in my variant - that is, none of them have the full Knight move. In my variant only the compound of the two ha that (as well as the full Dabbaba move).

Christine Bagley-Jones wrote on 2011-06-21 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
Do the knave and debtor move the same as in Charles Gilman's game 'Knavish Chess'. I first thought these pieces moved fully as a knight with one piece having the horizontal dabbaba leap and the other the vertical dabbaba leap. 

oh don't worry, i see that they do, these pieces are better than i thought!

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