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George Duke wrote on 2005-02-01 UTC
'DEF,LargeCV': Good write-up by Peter Aronson of what is nevertheless a poor game. Reaching only one-fourth of the squares, Dabbabante does not add anything to chess, making Dab. Chess an inadequate 'idea' game not worth playing. The weak novelty stems from un-chess-like division of basic pieces into Wazir, Ferz, Alfil and Dabbaba, whence Dabbaba-Rider('-Leaper') as some inevitable derivation. Alfil itself at least, as in Shatranj, by movement transverse to 'orthogonal' Pawn, creates interesting chess combinations. Yet the piece Dabbabante might become compelling with Berolina Pawns instead, together with minor change of other piece(s) in 10x10 array. V.R. Parton shows no inclination to follow through in plopping Dabbabante in lieu of Chancellor and Archbishop in decimal chess.

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