Brandubh 7x7

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Draganov
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Re: Brandubh 7x7

Post by Draganov » Sat Nov 14, 2020 2:57 pm

What is the difference between Irish Brandubh 1 and Irish Brandubh 2? Can someone explains their rules and point out the differences. I found out the rules of Irish Brandubh 2 but the rules for Irish Brandubh 1 were only written in French language.

Auskor
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Re: Brandubh 7x7

Post by Auskor » Wed Nov 18, 2020 11:30 pm

The rules for Brandubh 1 and Brandubh 2 are identical except for one detail - the capture of the king when it is next to the throne square.

In Brandubh 2 black only needs 2 pieces to capture the king - the same as anywhere else on the board.

In Brandubh 1 when the king is on the squares c4, d3, e4 or d5 then black needs three pieces to capture the king. For example if white king is on d3 black would need to have pieces on c3 and d2 before moving a third piece to e3 and capture the king.
Anywhere else on the board the king is captured by 2 pieces.

I believe Brandubh 2 was created as Brandubh 1 proved to overly favour the white player. The game balance stats. appear to show that Brandubh 2 is a better balanced game.

Draganov
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Re: Brandubh 7x7

Post by Draganov » Fri Nov 20, 2020 5:13 pm

Thank you, Auskor for the detailed explanation. I will definitely try these variants.

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