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Dimachaer Chess

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The Dimachaer is a bifurcation piece. It moves by colliding orthogonally against any piece, and then deviating to any of the two adjacent diagonals (in the prolonged movement direction). It captures on the second leg also. Without screens to collide against the Dimachaer cannot move. The Dimachaer's value is the same as a knight. As it can move only by coordinating with another piece, the Dimachaer is a highly cooperative piece, something which makes it interesting to the positional player. The structure on the board decides its possibilities. The Dimachaer loses less power in the endgame than one would expect. Although screens for colliding become fewer, its scope and mobility also increases.
The Dimachaer ("two blades") was a gladiator type in ancient Rome that used two swords, one in each hand. He had no shield.

Extended castle: when castling the king may jump three squares, but it can also jump two as usual. The rook ends up on its usual square. The extended castling rule makes play on the wings easier to achieve. The king can rapidly take control over the kingside or queenside corner square, and advancement on the wing can occur without putting the king at risk.

The Dimachaer moves in two legs, the first is a rook slide
and the second is a diagonal collision-move.
Capture occurs on the second leg (red = capture).

In the following preset moves are validated and automated, including Secutor moves, castling and 'en passant', but check, etc., are not parsed. Pieces can be moved by pointing and clicking. When promoting a pawn, it will automatically turn into a Queen. Should you prefer another piece then you must type it manually (e.g., add N a8; capture a7). Use small piece-letters for black. E-mails to your opponent are generated.

Dimachaer Chess

(A Zillions program and more information is here.
See also related variants Secutor Chess and Essedar Chess.)

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By M Winther.
Web page created: 2010-02-17. Web page last updated: 2010-02-17