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External Link: Essedar Chess

The Essedar moves by colliding orthogonally against any piece, and then deviating to any of the two adjacent diagonals (in the prolonged movement direction). But it captures like a rook by jumping directly to the enemy piece, provided that any intermediate squares are empty. The Essedar's value is 3, that is, the same as bishop or knight (preliminary estimate). As it can move only by coordinating with another piece, the Essedar is a highly cooperative piece, something which makes it interesting for the positional player. The structure on the board decides its possibilities. The Essedar loses less power in the endgame than one would expect. Although screens for colliding become fewer, its scope and mobility also increases. The Essedar, which means chariot warrior, was perhaps the most popular gladiator type in ancient Rome. A Zillions program and more information is here.

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By M Winther.
Web page created: 2006-10-01. Web page last updated: 2006-10-01