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The Chess Variant Pages

This page is written by the game's inventor, Jörg Knappen.

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Jörg Knappen wrote on 2010-02-04 UTC
First, many thanks to Nicholas Jay Wolff for his excellent review of 10-directional chess.

I agree with him on the value of the Eohippos. It is one pawn above the knight, giving it a value of 4. When I designed the game, I assumed that the value of the Chancellor or Marshall were equal to the value of the Queen. Taking the horizontal movent away should cost about two pawns leaving it with a value of 7. However, I don't think any longer that the equality of Chancellor and Queen holds true. There is something in the Queen making her a perfect chess piece and giving her a higher value than the comparable chancellor. So a realistic judgement of the Fischer's value lies between 6 and 6.5 pawn units---not enough to win against a rook in an otherwise equal setting.

In the setting against the fabolous FIDEs, the levelling effect or elephantiasis correction strikes the queen. This might still even the game.

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