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Knights of the Dinner Table (KODT):
Review of Chebache:
by Todd Weaver & Brian Jelke of Kenzer & Co. -- Issue #49: The Six Million
Hit-Point Man, November 2000, p. 46
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What is Chebache? CHEckers, BAckgammon, CHEss.
It is defined as: "The new strategic board game combining elements of
checkers, backgammon and chess and bridging the gaps between them."
Wow, my first, thoughts were, "That's a bold statement."
However, lets take a closer look at this game.
Like the classics, Chebache is designed for two players.
My first impression was that Chebache was most like backgammon.
The board has 18 movement points on it for each player, and to win
the game a player must move his or her 12 pieces to the finish space.
Movement is controlled by rolling two dice in backgammon form.
However, after playing a few games, I realized that Chebache
is much more than a simple spin-off of backgammon like I first thought.
At the end of your movement phase you are allowed to make use of a
checkers-style jump move. I honestly overlooked this very strong move.
When combined with stacking your pieces, it is possible to move up to
four pieces a great distance along your path to victory with this jump move.
Perhaps the best part of Chebache is the chess elements of the game.
Each player has a King piece. The King is a double-size piece that counts as
two pieces when trying to capture your opponent's pieces. Also the King
can move forward or backward along your path.
Other pieces can also do this from any of the tivot turn / pivot spaces
on the board [Editor's note: an angle-mark space is actually called a "tivit,"
to emphasize the symmetric nature of the mark as well as the movement options
Also much like chess you must be careful with your King because it can be
taken control of by your opponent and then used against you. The last major
chess element[s] are the Chebache zones. Just like check and
check-mate, you can try to win the game by getting your opponent's king
trapped in Chebache.
If you enjoy chess or backgammon, then you should get plenty of game play
out of Chebache, and it would be well worth adding to your game collection.
Brian's rating: Highly Recommended (and then some)
Originally published in
Knights of the Dinner Table (KODT),
Issue #49, November 2000, p. 46. Review text reproduced
in full with permission from Todd Weaver and KODT,
with grateful thanks from Pardee Games.
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