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It is not only your page that is blocked. The whole http://hem.passagen.se domain is. I don't know why. If you want to contact the Interent Service Unit it is here : http://www.isu.net.sa/saudi-internet/contenet-filtring/forms/unblock-requist.htm . Thank you for the information.
What? The Saudia-Arabian government has banned my site? But you can also download my variants from http://www.zillionsofgames.com/ . Christine and Namik post their games here, too, and a few others, like K. Scherer, who only post their variants there. Mats
Sam, I have downloaded your Capablanca Gustavian from Yahoo. You have in some variants placed the rooks on the extra corner squares instead of the Archbishops/Chancellors. The rooks are hemmed in on those squares whereas the Archbishops/Chancellors are not. Your 'Flanking Archbishops Gustavian' is much better. May I suggest that you use the H-board for those variants where the rooks must be placed on the extra squares? Then the rook has immediate access to the a- and h-files. You could also implement a new form of castling (H-board castling). Then you could also keep the regular coordinates. In all variants you could also keep the standard castling rules. There should also be a variant with an Archbishop and Chancellor on the extra Gustavian squares. Mats
Here you go; this is what a Gustavian board looks like:
You can not enter the black squares; this is an 8x8 board with four corner squares added.
'May I see a picture of this Gustavian Board every one is talking about ?' Just a chessboard with extra squares left of a1 and a8 and right of h1 and h8
I can't give a rating for the game because I can't enter the site. It is for some reason banned here in Saudi Arabia. I just wnat to say that even if a king and a rook can't mate a lone king in Omega Chess, two knights can. It is difficult, but doable. All other principles of the endgame remain almost intact. May I see a picture of this Gustavian Board every one is talking about ?
What about problem omega chess has with kings hiding on extruded squares where rooks cannot attack them? Makes endgames more drawish. Kings on Gustavian squares are safe from attacks along file. So does Gustavian board have drawishness problem to any extent?
It could be a good idea to try the Gustavian board in cases where you could use the standard 80-square board. Strategically it's a different game. The knights remain equal in value to the bishops. The pawns retain their strategical importance as there are only eight of them. The Gustavian board allows less free space to the Archbishop and the Chancellor and so their tactical possibilities are fewer. It's a different game, but whether it's better is another thing. My Pegniar Chess is today updated as the previous setup was awkward while it made the Pegniars too dominant. Mats
As an aside, I have used the Gustavian board to make a number of Capablanca variants. I would like to thank Mats for calling this excellent board to my attention.
Update The Zillions file with these variants is available as a file in the Yahoo Chessvariants group.
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