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It belongs to categories: Orthodox chess, 
It was last modified on: 2002-08-03
 By Peter  Aronson and Michael  Nelson. Separate Realms. Pieces capture like normal FIDE pieces, but have limited moves that only take them to part of the board when not capturing. (8x8, Cells: 64) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Andy Maxson wrote on 2007-02-22 UTCGood ★★★★
how about an alternate rook which moves sideways as a dabbaba rider and forwards and backwards as a rook and an alternate bishop that moves as an alfilrider parralel to the long diagonal and as a bishop parrallel to the short diagonal? these bout hav interesting types of colorboundness as the rook cannot reach adjacent files and the bishop cannot reach adjacent same colored diagonals. these pieces would capture as there orthochess counterparts

Joe Joyce wrote on 2006-08-19 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
This is a very nicely twisted variant of chess. A few simple rules changes have produced what is definitely a tournament-quality game. There are only 2 things I could wish for: new graphics for the pieces, and a larger companion. I'd truly love to see seperate realms on a larger board. (Could I be greedy and ask for 12x12?) Congratulations to the designers; they deserve them.

David Paulowich wrote on 2005-12-20 UTCGood ★★★★
I wish to propose a Separate Realms Chess With Lions: place the Pawns on the third and sixth ranks (as in the SRC Variant mentioned on the page) and add four Lions to b2, g2, b7, g7. The Lion moves like the SRC Queen, but 1 or 2 squares only. This weaker version of the Murray Lion was invented by Antoine Fourrière for his variants 'Bilateral Chess' and 'Jacks and Witches 84'. Fourrière writes that: FIDE-King, FIDE-Knight and Lion can force mate in Bilateral Chess. Can King and Lion (sometimes) force a stalemate victory in this game? Are two Lions worth as much as the SRC Queen?

Tony Quintanilla wrote on 2002-09-13 UTCGood ★★★★
Nice game. One minor thought: the King is substantially weakened by the restriction against moving orthogonally without capture--in cases where it is threatened this can be fatal. Note that the capturing moves of all the pieces are standard, so the King is at a net disadvantage relative to FIDE chess.

M. Howe wrote on 2002-08-04 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
I followed the discussion that resulted in this interesting variant.  I
have the impression it will have a very subtle, positional feel to it,
almost like Shatranj.  Thanks for providing a ZRF.  I'll be trying it out
soon.  Side note: my game of 'Asymmetric Chess' has been renamed 'Biform
Chess'.  When I thought about it, the pieces really weren't best described
as asymmetric but as dual-natured, hence the name change.

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