External Link: Sagittar ChessThe Sagittar always moves in two legs. It slides diagonally and jumps any piece to the next square, from where it slides on any of the two orthogonals in the prolonged movement direction. The square behind the jumped piece must be empty and the Sagittar cannot stop on this square. If the Sagittar lacks screens for jumping, then it cannot move. The Sagittar is worth the same as a knight or bishop (preliminary estimate). Despite the fact that the Sagittar is dependent on screens for moving it is a dynamic piece that puts great demands on the chessplayer. While it cannot move about freely its movement demands planning. One must try to make use of its powers already in the opening. The Sagittar is a relative of the Korean cannon (in Korean Chess), which can only move if there exist pieces to jump over.
The Sagittar means bowman. In ancient Rome this was a gladiator type who fought wild animals armed with bow and arrow. The H-board makes it possible to introduce this piece while maintaining a maximum of strategical possibilities in a standard Western chess context. A Zillions program and more information is here.
External Link: http://www.two-paths.com/bg/sagittarchess.htm
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Web page created: 2006-09-27. Web page last updated: 2006-09-27