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This page is written by the game's inventor, M Winther.

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M Winther wrote on 2009-10-07 UTC
I also believe that the bifurcators have fine qualities, and they aren't
as hard to understand as one would expect. There is a cross reference
list of the bifurcators here: Bifurcation pieces.

In fact, I have also created a wholly validated email preset here of
Secutor Chess.

Concerning the bifurcator piece values. Of course, I have rounded
them off and say that it's a 'preliminary estimate'. That's what they
say about the bishop and the knight, too, i.e. that they are both worth 3,
although this isn't quite correct. I have guessed the piece values by
watching play, how much they are utilized by the engine, compared
with other pieces. I have also removed the bifurcators for one party
and inserted light pieces instead. If both parties are roughly equal, then
I have concluded that the specific bifurcator is worth a light piece.

However, this method certainly doesn't give exact values. Muller
helped me to establish the values of the diverse Lama pieces.
He did this by playing very many games using his own program. So in
this case the piece values became much more reliable. The result was
also somewhat surprising. It's an interesting fact that humans tend to
overestimate pieces with long-range capacity, but that are lacking in
capture capability. So we tend to overestimate maneuverability in
relation to capturability.
/Mats

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