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Dueling Archbishops. Chess variant on 2 by 3 board. (2x3, Cells: 6) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Maurice Dekker wrote on Sun, Sep 3, 2023 02:45 PM UTC:
Great game!
- 1. a1b2?? loses against the immediate 1...b3a2 mate.
- 1. a3a2? loses against 1...b3xa2+ 2. a1b3 a2a1. (Compare the winning line below.)
- 1. a1xb3 draws.
- 1. a3b2 draws.
- The longest forced win starts from the unique (up to symmetry) position: white archbishop on b1, black archbishop on b2, white changeling on a3 as a rook, black changeling on b3 as a queen. The main line goes 1. a3a1! b2xa1+ 2. @b2+! b3xb2 3. @a3! b2xa3 4. @b2+! a1xb2 5. @b3! b2a1 6. b1xa3! a1xb3 7. @a2+! b3xa2 8. @b1+! a2b3 9. b1a2+! b3xa2 10. @b2 mate.

Anonymous wrote on Thu, Apr 29, 2010 11:58 AM UTC:
What is Picaria?

George Duke wrote on Wed, Mar 3, 2010 07:17 PM UTC:
Wittman has other ones of few squares.

Peter Aronson wrote on Mon, May 19, 2003 08:49 PM UTC:Good ★★★★
This is a cute miniature game, but it's a bit like playing Picaria, or other three-in-a-row games -- you don't so much win, as your opponent loses.

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