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It belongs to categories: Orthodox chess, 
It was last modified on: 1999-03-13
 Author: Hans L. Bodlaender. Inventor: Jean-Louis  Cazaux. Shako. Cannons and elephants are added in variant on 10 by 10 board. (10x10, Cells: 100) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Kevin Pacey wrote on 2018-03-01 UTCExcellent ★★★★★

A lovely use of cannons and modern elephants, on a 10x10 board. I'd note that since defending each side's edge pawns can be an issue at times (as can be the development of either elephant), that alone seems to slightly inhibit the players from emulating many standard chess openings beyond a certain depth, but this is apparently very common for chess variants.

I'd tentatively estimate the piece values (on this game's 10x10 board) as follows: P=1; E=2.75; C=2.75(but 3.5 before endgame); N=3; B=3.5; R=5.5; Q=10; K's fighting value=2.5.


Samson Marriner wrote on 2014-10-16 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
when people get bored of how repetitive and figured-out FIDE Chess is (like Bobby Fischer did) this along with a few others has a possibility of replacing it. Elephants and Cannons both bring new strategy elements such as a sort of no extra development necessary, and Cannons add a new edge to attacks. Cannons can also artificially pin Kings. Cannons and Kings cannot checkmate bare Kings, but a Cannon, King and Knight can.

Elephants are a third minor piece (though Bishops are stronger than before), which I prefer since minor piece feels like a more useful term and minor pieces feel more like a currency than a coincidence. Also, Elephants (and Cannons) developing naturally doesn't interfere with any other piece development, and developing Elephants attacks pawns while being weaker than Knights. I could probably go on to talk about some openings which are playable and some which aren't but this is getting long.

Roberto Lavieri wrote on 2006-08-14 UTCGood ★★★★
I think this games is (perhaps more than FIDE-Chess) very sensitive to openings. You can be quickly in clear disadvantage after some weak opening moves. Some care is needed...

Nasmichael Farris wrote on 2006-07-26 UTCGood ★★★★
This game looks to be well thought out.  I am pleased to see the
re-unification of the game as it is perceived through both eastern and
western eyes.  Each stands to gain something from the other.
I am glad it was submitted to the 3rd Courier tournament.  Thanks also to
Hans B. for the translation from the French.

Gary Gifford wrote on 2006-07-08 UTCExcellent ★★★★★

This is essentially chess with cannons and elephants added. It appears to play rather well. I like it a lot.

However; in my in-progress game my opponent has 2 light-squared Bishops and no Dark-Squared Bishop. I have one of each. The reason is that when the game begins Black has a Bishop on h9 and a Knight on g9. By the rules this is wrong.

The pre-set needs to be corrected so that the initial setup has a Bishop on g9 and a Knight on h9. Of course, players can manually fix this when they begin a game, but like me, many may assume a correct setup is present and not notice the error for the first few moves.


David Paulowich wrote on 2005-12-05 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
Jean-Louis Cazaux has created a most interesting game with cannons and (modern) Elephants. I am presently working on an 8x8 variant which also has cannons in the four corners.

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