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Game Reviews by Graeme Neatham

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Pentagonal chess. Missing description (8x8, Cells: 64) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Graeme Neatham wrote on 2010-08-29 UTCGood ★★★★
The concept of using forward/backward irregular pentagons to construct a playing board is excellent. Rather than using a single off-set direction I would be inclined to switch the off-set direction to produce a playing board like this -

It might also be interesting to have left/right pentagons, like this -

Seirawan ChessA game information page
. invented by GM Yasser Seirawan, a conservative drop chess (zrf available).[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Graeme Neatham wrote on 2008-03-23 UTCBelowAverage ★★

I have never been a fan of the drop, feeling it to be an alien addition to the mechanics of chess. Promotion on the other hand is not, being a well established chess mechanism.

I therefore suggest using promotion as a better means of introducing the RN and BN. Thus, for example the Rook could promote to RN on making a capture, and the Bishop likewise but to BN. The idea could be extended further allowing the Knight to promote to, say, a Nightrider.

Using promotion also goes someway towards relieving the piece-density and power increases associated with dropping; more so if the number of each of the new pieces is restricted to one.

Falcon Hexagonal Chess. The Falcon into the Hexagonal world. (Cells: 121) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Graeme Neatham wrote on 2007-09-09 UTCExcellent ★★★★★

Always happy to see a new hex variant. Would it infringe any patents if I produced a zrf for this?

BTW here's a not-quite-so-ugly graphic:

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