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Great chess. An Indian/Turkish and very playable historic variant on a 10 by 10 board. (10x10, Cells: 100) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Daniil Frolov wrote on 2014-02-08 UTC
In Tamerlane chess piece, named giraffe is presented among military forces, like elephants, cavalry, camelry and war machines (dababahs). Here is giraffe as well, and here it's the strongest piece. But why? Was giraffes historicaly used for military purposes? Or it's merely imitating of giraffe hunt (with opponent controlling your prey)?
Of course, no question about Grande Acedrex, where most of pieces are named after exotic animals.