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Joe Joyce wrote on Tue, Jun 6, 2023 09:31 PM UTC:

It's nice to see that short range pieces are still capable of interesting designers. Welcome to the ShortRange Project, Petar!

The general tendency for chess variantists (and wargamers) is to make games with pieces that are as powerful or more powerful than the games they are playing. Few of us start out thinking "Gee, wouldn't it be a great idea to make weaker pieces!" And I didn't. I was making stronger pieces, but starting from shatranj. Amping up the ferz and alfil isn't very hard, especially considering the ferz is sitting between the king and the alfil at the start of a shatranj game. The game is telling you what to do to fix it, or at least giving very strong hints.

What pushed me to actually write up Modern Shatranj was a kibbitzer's comment on a shatranj game I was playing. I was complaining about how useless so many shatranj pieces are, and how easy it would be to fix them, and got a kibbitz comment that if I had promotion rules and wrote it up, I'd have a publishable variant. So I did...

Might I ask what led you to create short leaper chess?

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