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The Retiar always moves in two legs, the first is a diagonal slide, and the second is an orthogonal bounce-move, along either of two orthogonals in the prolonged movement-direction. If the Retiar cannot bounce, then it cannot move. The Retiar also bounces against the side of the board, but this is only geometrically possible when it moves from one of the extra corner squares, and bounces along the knight file. The Retiar's value is 3, that is, the same as a bishop or knight (preliminary estimate). The H-shaped board gives the Retiar good strategical possibilities. The initial setup divests the Retiar of immediate attacking possibilities, thus avoiding strategical monotony. Although the Retiar is dependent on screens for moving it is a very dynamic and difficult piece. The Retiar, the "net man", was one of the best-known gladiator types in ancient Rome. A Zillions program and more information is here.

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By M Winther.
Web page created: 2006-09-26. Web page last updated: 2006-09-26