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Nearlydouble Chess. A 2d variant with the whole of two identical sets minus the second King. (11x11, Cells: 121) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Abdul-Rahman Sibahi wrote on 2007-03-14 UTCGood ★★★★
I would suggest enlarging the board a little, just a little, to 11 files x 12 ranks, for the following reasons:

1. dividing the board to three equal areas (The warfield, the white camp, and the black camp.)

2. More importantly, the white squared bishops, in both camps, have quite a field in the opening, which might lead to quick exchanges. Adding a rank would let the white squared bishops from one camp oppose the dark squared ones in the other.

3. The white squared bishop is slightly stronger than the dark squared bishop. (In the current form, a dark colored bishop and a knight can't force mate.)

I wonder how the game would be like played with Extinction or Suicide rules.

(It would also be interesting to have a Wildebeest variant.)

'the restriction that only if they have at least four of every type can they have more than four of any type.'

I assume that this applies to promotion only ? I mean, if a player has five rooks and one of his knights was captured, surely a rook wouldn't demote ?