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Super Chess III

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Keys "s"=save "l"=load "b"=back once

Proprietary game. Ed Ginsberg, 1984. The cyclops moving forward runs down enemy men and leaps friendly men. The cyclops moving backwards runs down both enemy and friendly men. You can take a turn to rotate the cyclops; I allowed complete rotation, i.e., passing your move. I set it up so that even if you have the computer play White, the human player still gets to choose the orientation of the cyclops. Archers move and capture as knights but shoot enemy units four squares away orthogonally. Right now I have superpawns always starting on the central squares.

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Super Chess Rules -- text file from Ed Ginsburg

Hans Bodlaender's Chess Variants
Hans Bodlaender's Chess Applet

Ed's Chess Variants

These are simple illustrations rather than strong opponents.

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Written by Ed Friedlander

WWW Page Added: Sunday, June 27, 2002 

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Author: Ed Friedlander. Inventor: Ed Ginsberg.


Super Chess III. Big proprietary game with archers and cyclopses.
Ed Friedlander wrote on 2006-12-23 EST
Thank you for pointing out the problem. It seems to be solved.

Anonymous wrote on 2004-10-18 EDT
This position was declared 'No Moves' instead of Checkmate:

The score thus far was 
  Cd1(N)  Cd0(NW)
1.Cd4(E)  Pb7
2.Ce4(N)  Nc8
3.Af3     Nd6

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First Created: Thursday, September 5th, 2002
Last Modified: Thursday, September 5th, 2002
File Timestamp: Wed, 14 Jul 2021 17:37:54 -0400
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