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I'll play you!
This variant seems particularly suited to the novelty set at Mythical Beasts Chess Sets, which uses a Harpy to represent the Rook!
The same reason why promotion to Rook is useful in FIDE Chess--on rare occasions it is the only promotion that is any good. Let's say that in the particular position promoting to Queen would cause stalemate--then if promotong to Rook doesn't give stalemate but will allow you to win later, it is the correct move. These positions are not common, but they do exist.
A good game. But why do you bother about wether a pawn can promote to a rook? It would simply be stupid to promote a pawn to a rook if he can promote to a queen (or guard in this case).
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