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The Provocator is a bifurcation piece. The Provocator moves by colliding diagonally against any piece, and then deviating to any of the two adjacent orthogonals (in the prolonged movement direction). It captures on the second leg only. The Provocator can also move by colliding against the margin, whereby only one movement direction is available after collision. Without screens to collide against the Provocator cannot move. The Provocator's value is the same as a knight or bishop (my estimate). The Provocator is a highly cooperative piece, something which makes it interesting to the positional player. The structure on the board decides its possibilities. The Provocator has the interesting capacity of zigzaging between the pieces in the middlegame. Provocator Chess can also be played with Kwaggas instead of knights

Provocator : the only gladiator type in ancient Rome allowed to wear a breastplate (cardiophylax). He also carried helmet, a gladius (short sword), and a long, rectangular, shield.

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By M Winther.
Web page created: 2007-02-04. Web page last updated: 2007-02-04