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Description

The Bombardier moves like a Camelrider, and makes continuous camel-moves (3+1) in the same direction (on this board, a maximum of two), but it captures like a rook. Its value corresponds to a bishop, or a little more (preliminary estimate). The other rules are the same as in standard chess, except for the possible promotion to Bombardier. The Camelrider moves gives it a good mobility in congested middlegame positions. The Bombardier has the same weakness as the bishop, namely that it can only step on squares of the same colour. But it can change square colour when capturing. While it is less valuable than a rook, the Bombardier can oppose an enemy rook on an open file and force it to move away. The Bombardier can, thanks to its long leaps, infiltrate the enemy position in a startling way.


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External Link: http://www.two-paths.com/bg/bombardierchess.htm


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By M Winther.
Web page created: 2007-03-01. Web page last updated: 2007-03-01