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SuperChess and Monarch posted in 2001 and get invention around 1993. So, Karakus' adding standard Amazon(RNB) to 8x8 is preceded by the Dutch system of about 50 variant pieces (I only identify some of them so far including Amazon.) Michael Howe made CVs like that too in 1990's from Optima to Novo with many, many pieces to select. Comments of Perfect are interesting here of Trice (Gothic Chess) and Betza (gnohmon). Betza cites in 2003 comment his own Tutti Frutti from 1970's, which Perfect only changes the array. The era of artwork not particularly to be played ironically includes computer implementations, truth be told. Just look at many wonderful Game Courier presets gathering dust or aether. One of the real exceptions for sure is Gothic website last I looked about 2006. For all Trice's attributed overbearing, details of which most of us have no information, Trice seems actually to establish play in his particular array(8x10) of 400-year-old Carrera's. It must be some insiders' joke whatever Trice did, and thankfully spare us: please keep it that way. Yet why anyone uses the Gothic array aside from Trice, or ridicules it or its owner, is confusing since there are 20 others not patented as good for mediocrely-playable but greatly-inventive Carrera's. Now back to standard size 8x8 with Amazon. I am skeptical of all the members of category, because when including (RBN) in a CV artwork, usually Champion(RN) and Centaur(BN) tag along. The three in many conversations have appeared less interesting than other available resources, short- and mid-range, to be re-inventoried somewhat in follow-up CVs(8x8) recalled to life from near oblivion.
Seems like all of the power on one side of the board, which is a 'small' 8x8 board, really conveys a strong initiative to the player with the white pieces. One miscue, and you can toss material to mate. Ed Trice vs. Anthony Cabrini, May 13, 2004 1. c4 e5 2. e3!? Nf6 3. Bd3 g6 4. Gc2 Ac6?? [I still call this piece the Archbishop] 5. Bxg6!! hxg6 [mistakingly believing that while ...fxg6 would allow the next move with check, that ...hxg6 prevents it -- not true!] 6. Gxc6!! fxg6 7. Axg6# OK, so some better defensive play was present, but the mates are there since the weak side is hard pressed to balance the rapid attacks from the opponent's strong side.
Correct me if I am wrong, but is this not simply Tutti Frutti Chess with perhaps a different arrangement of the opening setup? <A HREF=http://chessvariants.com/dpieces.dir/tuttifr.html>Tutti Frutti</a>
interesting variant, I wonder if giving king a knight's move would make the king too hard to capture. With all those combo pieces, it seems only fair to give the king a bit more movements too.
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There is no checkmate after 7. Axg6# because of 7. ...Gf7 and Black wins.
I like the idea of opposite-colored bishops. This is somewhat reminiscent of Louis P. D'Autremont's Angel Chess concept.
In my opinion, the game is really well balanced, has dynamism, intensity and requires appropriate concentration.