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It was last modified on: 2004-08-17
 By Jörg  Knappen. Mainzer Schach. Large variant with Janus, Marshall, and different setup. (11x8, Cells: 88) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
George Duke wrote on 2005-04-04 UTCGood ★★★★
'MNO,LargeCV': This is simple and different, in itself more likely to mean an improvement, when not artificial like author's Janus Kamil is recently alleged to be. On manageable board size(rare 8x11), Knights Kingside and Bishop-types Queenside would be okay to try once. Not the novelty and interesting pieces of excellent Quintessential Chess. Amazon only by promotion; freer castling might work better.

Greg Strong wrote on 2004-08-17 UTCGood ★★★★

I would like to second David's comments, particularly regarding the pawn promotion. You have created a new piece combining all moves which can only be attained by pawn promotion; I see little reason to offer under-promotion. You already have to have an Amazon piece in the set, so you shouldn't need the option to promote to weaker pieces for that reason. Also, the more promotion options you allow, the slower computer programs which play the game become. The more promotion options there are, the more legal moves there are, and the larger the search tree becomes.

I do think this game looks interesting, though. I like the starting array, especially the symmetry. I'll post a Game Courier invitation shortly, and give it a try...

Charles Gilman wrote on 2004-08-17 UTCGood ★★★★
It occurs to me that a more even distribution of moves would be to have the Bishops on the Marshal side and the Knights on the Queen side, but perhaps your intention is to settle the debate on whether Bishop and Knight moves give more power once and for all over tournaments a single variant! Or perhaps you know of some tradition in Mainz of the church and the military not getting on! More information about the city's links with the number 11 would be interesting.

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