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Andy Thomas wrote on 2006-06-10 UTC
i have updated this variant a bit. the kings can now move within their own
castles, and along the wall, and inside the opponent's castle as well.
the castles are also now 3x3 thus in that regard resembling the palaces in
xiang qi. also, the bishops can move not only up to and along the wall, but
throughout the castles as well. they are yet prohibited from moving to the
'opposite side of the wall.' in any event, this should all make for less

3 of the pawns have been set back to the 3rd rank (all 5 were on the 4th
rank before), and the cannons begin on the 2nd rank. in the original, the
pawns were 'too close' at the start. 

since there is no 'implied across the board check' between kings as in
xiang qi, this new rule of allowing them to 'storm across the wall' and
into the other player's castle is a sort of compromise between chinese
chess and fide.

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