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Gary Gifford wrote on 2010-03-14 UTC
Thanks, Mr. Flowerman for your comment. I think perhaps 'Catapults' would have been even a better name (than Cannons). But then there are the Chinese Cannons of Xianqi that leap, rather than fire a projectile. Anyway, to answer your question, 'Stones cannot be captured and they cannot move other than being launched from a Cannon.' Two things I like about this game are: 1) with the piece shoots, some openings and defenses can have certain weaknesses removed or compensated for; 2) when shooting a piece from a Cannon one must carefully consider the tempo-loss. I won my last game of this, in part, due to an important tempo advantage. I also was able to play a better version of 'Bird's Defense to the Ruy Lopez' due to the Cannon aspect.

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