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Hexagonal Chess with 169 hexes

C'escacs is a Capablanca's variant of the Glinski's Hexagonal Chess.

Final Analysis, by Dave McCooey

  • The Dragon and the Queen are about equal strength. The Queen is better against a Pegasus (Cardinal), but the Dragon (Chancellor) is much better against a Rook.
  • A Queen does not beat (**) a Rook in general, but beats (**) a Pegasus, a Knight or a Bishop.
  • We can assume that a Dragon comes very close to beating (**) a Rook.
    • A Rook / Dragon doesn't beat (**) a Pegasus.
    • A Rook beats (**) as much a Knight as a Bishop.
    • A Torre can checkmate a long King.
  • A Pegasus cannot force checkmate against a long King, It is measurably weaker than the Rook, although the King+Rook versus King+Pegasus endgame is draw in general.
    • A Pegasus and a Bishop can checkmate a long King.
    • A Pegasus and a Knight can checkmate a long King.
  • Two Knights CANNOT checkmate a long King.

    That is a diference towards a 81 hexes board, as long as on a 81 hexes board two Knights can checkmate a long King.

  • In 2-piece endgames, a Bishop is a very weak piece, as the board has three colors.
    • Two Bishops CANNOT checkmate a lone King.
  • Given the increased mobility of Pawns there is not perpetual opposition in C'escacs as in Glinski's hexagonal chess. So King and Pawn against King always ends promoting the Pawn, as long as the King is close enough to defend it.

Unfortunately I have no information yet regarding the Almogavars, but we can assume that it isn't able to checkmate a lone king and his power is similar to the Knight, although even more slower. I think that mate with two Almogavars a lone king, if possible, is quite complicated.

Almogavar is a Ferz - Dabbabah (war machine) compound. Neither of these can move all the board: the Ferz always moves in color, as the Bishop, and Dabbabah is restricted to odd or even hexes depending on its initial hex, because it makes jumps of 2 in 2. However, the Almogavars, by combining the two movements, have access all over the board.

We therefore assign them the same value as the Knight, as they have advantages and drawbacks on this (it's slower but more compact).

** We say that a piece beats an other if a capture happens when they are the only pieces on play along with their respective Kings.

I especially thank Dave McCooey the final analysis made for the 169 hexes board.