Craig on 18 Jul 2003 04:13:01 -0000

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RE: [spoon-discuss] Re: [Spoon-business] Political Go

>What, we don't get to make our own pieces? :( That's half the fun of
>nomic chess!

You're right. The hard part is coming up with a way to evaluate pieces that
do funny things.

For instance, consider the Xiangqi pawn. It begins the game moving only one
space forward, but there is a line across the middle of the board called the
River. When the pawn crosses the River, it gains the ability to move
sideways. It would have a Center Index of 6. How do you decide what the
value of the piece is?

This is not an insoluble problem; it just hasn't been solved yet.

 -- Teucer

"Next meeting, electroshock devices go under everyone's chairs."
 -John Cowan


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