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This page is written by the game's inventor, Erez Schatz.

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Erez Schatz wrote on 2003-05-17 UTC
Thanks for your comment. The pawns here are used as a different kind of
'cannon fodder'. They can be capturesd by the opponent and placed on the
Duel board in a way that would allow one to 'rescue' a piece that got
captured. To do that, they need to get in the action very quickly.
Promotions would've made the whole 'duel' concept moot, especially on
such a small board, and this way, the player needs to give more thoughts
to the pawns position in the game.
Switching boards is out of the question, as it will also make the whole
'duel' concept moot. 
I would also want to thank Fergus Duniho for his excellent PBEM preset.
I'm trying that now and it is quite good.

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