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Kristensen's Game. A conscious attempt to restructure Chess from 1948. (9x9, Cells: 81) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
George Duke wrote on 2010-06-28 UTC
Though King may Castle, he may not want to because of Barrier Pawn. Barrier Pawn is invincible except in capture by opposing counterpart, making her a wall of one before King. Also the regular Pawns may step back one, so why castle? Stay centalized like in a Xiangqi mandatory palace. All the pieces may move from the array. Afterwards, step a Pawn or two backwards. Post World Wars and pre-television, Kristensen's is piece-heavy Pawn-weak -- Barrier Pawn as a piece fashioned from mediaeval Man. In reading the past comments, there is early Gilman correcting Knappen that enhanced Bishop here does not have can-mate property. For counter example, thought up in 1983, Cetina's Bishop conversion enables Bishop and King alone checkmating. Cetina's being with the significance the Bishop is neither Cardinal nor Primate (Bishop + Wazir), such Primate used once in a while and of M&B 01 anyway. (The Dragon Horse -- that same B,W -- is infrequent westwards, where such overpowering straightforward unbinding of Bishop is avoided, let's suppose.) In Kristensen's, the Bishop vertical enhancement seems to complement well the same more restricted for the Pawn in over-all balance. They had more time in the 1940s, 1950s to think up better CVs than we rush off today for self-acclaim.