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External Link: Grenadier Chess

The Grenadier moves like a nightrider, that is, can make continuous knight-moves in the same direction. But it cannot capture in this way. Instead it captures like a rook. Its value, it seems, is also that of a rook. This piece is probably new(?) It is not to be confused with the Grenadier in Napoleonic Chess. The nightrider moves gives the Grenadier an extreme mobility in congested middlegame positions, where the rook usually is unfit. As it combines mobility with the power of the rook capture, it is ideal for king-attacks in the middlegame. As it can only capture as a rook, and not as a knight, it is easier to grasp. The unusual H-shaped board makes it possible to introduce this piece without giving it undue advantage in the opening, thus avoiding monotonous opening strategies. The extra corner squares (the trenches) are exactly what the majesty has always asked for. The notorious problem of the weak first rank, and the sudden rook mate, is thereby solved. The trenches affect the strategy greatly. A Zillions program and more information is here.

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By M Winther.
Web page created: 2006-09-12. Web page last updated: 2006-09-12