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The Leto slides maximally two steps in any direction, but it cannot capture directly. The Leto repulses any piece ahead and attracts the second nearest piece to the rear, if friendly. The pieces are dislocated beyond a screen in the alignment direction. The Leto can only repulse a piece if it stops next to it, and if a screen exists behind the enemy piece (with zero or more empty spaces between). The repulsed enemy piece lands immediately behind the screen, provided that this square isn't occupied by a friendly piece, in which case repulsion cannot occur. An enemy piece positioned on this square will be captured. In case of a pawn, it cannot be pushed back to the first rank. When pushed to the last rank the pawn is promoted to queen as only option.

Concurrently with the repulsion move the Leto, if positioned next to a screen, can kidnap a friendly piece located immediately behind the screen, and drag it to the Leto's starting-square. The kidnapped friendly piece is located two squares away in the opposite direction of the move. Other rules are the same as in standard chess, except for the possible promotion to Leto. The Leto's value is the same as a knight (preliminary estimate).

Leto, in Greek mythology, daughter of the Titans Phoebus and Coeus, and the mother of Artemis, goddess of the moon.

A Zillions program and more information is here.

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By M Winther.
Web page created: 2007-02-18. Web page last updated: 2007-02-18