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George Svokos wrote on 2009-11-03 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
This is a fun, but tough variant that V.R. Parton developed in the 1950s. T.R. Dawson created a formidable piece in the nightrider. I suppose it should not come as a surprise that it is tough to win given that Parton was a great CV problematist. Fortunately we have 'Nightrider' chess even if T.R. Dawson did not invent it. The nightrider is a fascinating piece and probably made for very interesting problem solving (I am not as familiar with the grasshopper piece.) Too bad the nightrider has not been incorporated into ortho-chess (or 'Fischer Random Chess')since the bishops, rooks, and queen are all riders themselves. Other CV games or problems with the nightrider should be added to this site. To honor both Dawson and Parton, the CV website should create Java applets for 'Parton's Game' and 'Dawson's Chess.'

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