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MatPlus.Net Forum Promenade [Fairy Chess in the Literature] China Mieville on krak :-)
 
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(1) Posted by Hauke Reddmann [Tuesday, Feb 5, 2013 12:40]

[Fairy Chess in the Literature] China Mieville on krak :-)


Found in "Kraken":

'He read the names Dickins and Jelliss, "Alice Chess".
A spread about mutant versions of the game
with arcane rules, bishops and pawns given strange powers,
transmogrified pieces called saurians, torals and anti-kings, and
one called a kraken. The "universal leaper" was usually
the most powerful piece, he read, as it could go from where it
was to any other square on the board. But it was not. Kraken
was. Kraken = universal leaper + zero, he read, = universal
sleeper. It could move to any square including the one it was
already on. Anywhere including nowhere.
"On the board & in life for Kraken in the void nothing is not
nothing. Kraken stillness is not lack. Its zero is ubiquity.
This is the movement that looks like not moving, & it is the
most powerful move of all".'

Battlechess Kr x Q NOW! :-)

Hauke

P.S. The only literature fairy chess scene I offhand know,
unless you claim Carroll's "Alice". (But the point of "Alice"
is screwing all rules, right? And fairy chess needs rules too :-)
 
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