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David Paulowich wrote on Thu, May 31, 2007 09:24 PM UTC:

First of all, thanks for posting the Rose symbol on this site. I used it in Rose Chess XII, another game where the Rose piece is limited to at most four Knight-leaps.

'ROOKS: are Circular Kings.' - is this a Halfling version of the piece from Ralph Betza's Chess on a Really Big Board? Also called a Rhinoceros in John Savard's Leaping-Missing Bat Chess.

Not sure how a (Halfling) Circular Alibaba moves, but it seems that half of the squares on the board can never be visited by any of these 8 pieces. For example: squares (c1), (c12), (d2), (d11). In Leaping-Missing Bat Chess each army has 4 Alfils and 2 Dabbabahs - together they cover the entire board. John Savard writes: 'Because the board has an even number of ranks, the squares reachable by one of White's Alfils are the squares reachable by one of Black's Dabbabbas, and vice versa.'

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