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It was last modified on: 2002-09-26
 By Jim  Aikin. Tandem-84. Variant on two boards of 7 by 6 rows with pieces moving between boards. (6x7x2, Cells: 84) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Ben Good wrote on 2002-12-07 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
another impressive game. as i've mentioned previously elsewhere, games that use standard chess pawns and boards with an odd number of rows tend to be unbalanced, but this problem is eliminated by the double-board aspect of the game. in most of my games, one player was able to get a slight upperhand on one board while the other player gained control of the other board, altho this is somewhat of a generalization. <P> the tactics in this game quickly become complex and intense, and therefore zillions plays the game well. pawn endgames are particularly interesting because pawns can dodge threats by jumping from board to board. the ghost works well and is easy to visualize and remember (i know aikin discarded several other versions of the ghost before picking the final ghost).

Peter Aronson wrote on 2002-09-26 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
This is a neat idea! I particularly like the care that was taken to avoid allowing indirect checks by double-moves. (IE, the King being in check by a combination of both the opposing player's moves.) <p> I'll note pedantically that while this game might have been inspired by Alice Chess, it doesn't have the defining (to me) characteristic of Alice Chess that moving forces a change between boards. I would describe this more as a two level 3D Chess variant. <p> Chancellor and Marshall are both common names for Rook+Knight. The common name for Bishop+Knight is Cardinal, although Archbishop and Princess are used in a fair number of games as well (although Archbishop is also used for other Bishop variants). <p> A game with 6x7 square boards, double-moves and swapping pieces? This game vaguely resemble a distant cousin of <a href='..//42.dir/mulligan-stew.html'>Mulligan Stew Chess</a>.

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