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. Introducing the Venator, a bifurcation cannon related to the Korean cannon, on a Gustavian board (zrf available).[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
George Duke wrote on 2008-10-27 UTC
For ''NextChess2'' topic, bifurcation pieces may need re-introduction. Let's feature bifurcation piece as one of the three CVs for year 2013 in ongoing study of how Chess ought to evolve. Venator is among several dozen bifurcation pieces, and most are set on 68 squares with four corner squares. Provoctor, Dimaecher, DoubleCannon, DoubleBarrel are some others already shown in examples under ProblemThemes, illustrating complete positions with no pieces having been captured and one side unable to move at all(''ProblemThemes'' a thread mostly during 2007). There are two equal messages within bifurcation pieces' implementation: one, that generally bifurcators are worthwhile and, two, that just 68 squares is adequate expansion -- for all Crazy Queen 64's problems and sure demise over next decade.

H. G. Muller wrote on 2020-07-06 UTC
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This article has no graphics and a very minimal description, so let me post this diagram to liven it up a bit. Also a good opportunity to draw some attention to the class of pieces known as Bifurcators. The Venator is not nearly appreciated as much by the Diagram as it is by its inventor: only about 2/3 of a Knight. This is not to say the Diagram is right, of course. For one, it only tries to estimate intrinsic tactical ability. A piece like the Venator has great forking power in dense positions, so it will be almost impossible to prevent the players can trade it for another minor in an early stage.

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