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Bach Dang Chess. On board with 88 squares, with crafts and other special pieces and rules. (10x10, Cells: 100) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
George Duke wrote on 2005-01-27 UTCGood ★★★★
'ABC-Large-CV thread': 'The rules are simple' says Vu Q Vo. 8 piece-types, after predecessor Quang Trung Chess has seven. Do its piece powers overcome the low 'Xiangqi-like' piece density of 40%? At first blush, no, Counsellor is weak, and Elephant(=Camel) is weak and unpopular. Chariot here is a nice piece as a cross between classical Cannon and T.R.Dawson's Grasshopper. However, Chariot does not have enough supporting material. Why call the Bishop-mover a 'Cannon'? That's confusing even though just nomenclature. Also confounding is having a central 'palace' between files c and h for two pieces but maybe that works. The new piece 'Ship' is somwhat Sissa-like. The game is reminiscent of Outback Chess in being an unusual mix of piece-types. This Bach Dang would have to be played. It may have unexpected merit.