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The Trebuchet slides maximally two steps in any direction, but it cannot capture in this way. Instead the Trebuchet, when it moves, has the power to sling a piece located behind itself to a forward square in the alignment direction. The slung piece, which can be of any colour, is the nearest piece in the opposite direction of the move. This piece is hurled to the square immediately forward of the square on which the Trebuchet stops. Any enemy piece positioned here is captured. Thus the Trebuchet can be used for transporting friendly pieces, attacking enemy pieces, or removing enemy pieces from good positions. The Trebuchet's value is the same as a bishop (preliminary estimate). The movement of the Trebuchet makes an authentic impression, and is close to how Trebuchets were used in reality.

Trebuchet : a medieval military engine for hurling heavy missiles (as rocks).

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By M Winther.
Web page created: 2007-02-25. Web page last updated: 2007-02-25