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Barbershop Quartet

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Barbershop Quartet features directional bishops ("Barbershop Poles"), moving NW / SE or NE / SW as the arrows (and stripes) indicate.

The idea for the Barbershop piece was conceived by Sam Trenholme who observed the enormous strength of an ordinary bishop on a toroidal board.

Corners are diagonally connected, a1 - e10 and e1 - a10.

Row 1 is cylindrically connected to Row 10 and Column a is cylindrically connected to Column e.

Pawns move towards opposing pawns. No initial two step move for pawns which promote at opponent's starting row (row 7 for White, row 2 for Black). Can be promoted to either Barbershop piece.

No castling.

Null moves prohibited.

Here is another game, with similar rules (board is similarly toroidal), adding nightriders that are bidirectional, like the barbershop pieces.

Big Shave

Because of the large number of pieces in Big Shave, I recommend using a multiple move method, such as Moderate Progressive for playing it.


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By Jeremy Gabriel Good.
Web page created: 2006-12-19. Web page last updated: 2006-12-19