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George Duke wrote on 2008-04-09 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
This is the first Comment ever for Three Fat Brothers(2000), a gem on 9x9. Sirotkin in Herd from year 2001 makes the second use, after Falcon in 1992, of piece moving to Falcon (2,4) and (3,4) squares. Somehow that was never done in a CV before well-known multipath Falcon invented 1992. The name chosen in 8x8 Herd is 'Bison', after a one- or two-time problem theme usage(not a CV) from 1970's. So, the (2,4)(3,4) leaper occurred a decade after multi-path Falcon. Remarkable that so long a delay, full nine years, between the Falcon in 1992 and the same-destination particularized leaping 'Bison' in 2001. Piece-mix of this one, TFB, has more to recommend it than typical, unappealing one or two small 'nuanced' changes (there are some exceptions, just speaking relatively) passed off as new CV in these degenerate times. Follow-up Comment sometime will evaluate very deserving TFB piece-mix with more attention. The current theme is '9x9 blockbusters'.

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