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Donkey Chess. Grand Chess with Donkeys instead of Knights. (10x10, Cells: 100) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Graeme Neatham wrote on Sun, May 20, 2007 05:14 PM UTC:

I grant you that the donkey may have certain strengths when compared to a horse: sure-footedness; endurance; intelligence; but not swiftness. However, I find it impossible to imagine a donkey being capable of standing, let alone moving, if asked to carry a fully armoured knight weighing 200 pounds or more.

Even the horse was unequal to the task, leading to the breeding of the great horse or destrier for use by knights in battle or tourney.