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The Hoplit moves and captures in two legs, first diagonally, then it jumps orthogonally over any piece, and slides. The jump is performed in the prolonged movement direction only. Without screens to jump over the Hoplit becomes immobile. The Hoplit's value is 3 (preliminary estimate). As the Hoplit is dependent on screens for moving one would expect it to be not very mobile. But it is a very dynamic and difficult piece that puts great demands on the chessplayer. The Hoplit is a relative of the Korean cannon (in Korean Chess), which can only move if there exist pieces to jump over. But the Hoplit is a much more dynamic piece while it has more movement alternatives. The hoplit was an heavily armed infantry soldier of ancient Greece. A Zillions program and more information is here.

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By M Winther.
Web page created: 2006-09-24. Web page last updated: 2006-09-24