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Anonymous wrote on 2007-01-26 UTCBelowAverage ★★
The rule that Bodlaender mentions is indeed wrong. There are 2 variants:

1. A piece is allowed to move into its own trap square, but it is NOT
invincible. It can be taken by a stronger enemy piece just like on any
other square.
2. A piece is allowed to move into its own trap square, but it becomes
weak and can be taken of any enemy piece regardless of rank (just like
what the enemy receives).

Therefore, Gering's critique is impertinent. The general strategy of
animal chess is to lure an enemy piece away from guarding the trap
(usually, nobody would put their pieces in the trap squares in either
variant) and move in.

There is also another variant of animal chess, where the traps and den is
not used and is taken like any other square on the board. The side which
captures all the enemy pieces wins.

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