The basic rules of chess are laid out in the normal game; most exotic variants create and use extra pieces, although there are a few that use normal pieces on a modified board layout. From what I've seen, most exotic piece variants also use an enlarged board just to fit everything on it.
Examples of a few exotic pieces:
Champion: Combines the move type of a knight with that of a rook.
Archbishop: Combines the move type of a knight with that of a bishop.
(Note that these are the logical parallels to the Queen's [Rook+Bishop])
Camel: Moves as a knight, but must move three squares on the longer leg.
Black Hole: A piece not belonging to either player, which must be moved one square after each player's turn, by the player. Any piece on the square it lands on is captured/taken out of play.
Grasshopper: If I recall correctly, moves as a rook, but cannot move unless it can jump something in its path; must come down on the square immediately beyond the one it jumped.
Martian board - Just an ordinary 10x10 board, no 'special effects' involved.
Teleportation board-Two boards are laid out side-by-side. One is set up as normal, the other is left blank. After each move on either board, the piece in question is moved to the same square on the other board. Captures can be made as normal, or by landing on the appropriate square in the other board. If a move on one board would leave a piece on the same square on its own board as that of another piece belonging to the same player on the other board, the move may not be made.
Wrapped board - More of a logical thought than a new board; rows are considered to wrap into themselves, so that moving off the left side of the board deposits the piece on the right side, and vice versa. Does not apply to columns.
Those are the only exotic variants I can think of at the moment.
A Japanese wargame similar to chess. It can get quite complicated, however. For example, almost every piece can be promoted, not just the pawn-analogues. I think my favorite from that list was that you can promote your 'Drunken Elephant' to a 'Crown Prince', sort of a spare king (or emperor in some versions, I believe).
Another little touch from Shogi: Captured pieces are truly 'caputured'; that is, when a player captures a piece, it becomes one of his own. The pieces are tiles, designed with a specific front and back to allow for this. (Top and Bottom are also used to mark promotions. As I said, almost everything gets to promote.)
Ok, this is for all you stock market gurus out there.. Looking for a little bit of advice.. I am trying to decide which company would be best to invest in out of these three:
Dynegy Inc. (DYN) is a company similar to Enron in which it sells and buys energy. It currently does not pay dividends. It trades in the NYSE. It has a market capitalization of 8 billion, and profited 2.44% last quarter.
Hyperdynamics Corporation (HDY) is a small oil and gas company.. It doesn't pay dividends, trades in the AMEX, and has a market cap. of 119.96 million.. I bought this stock at about $2.75/share, but sold at $1.50/share.. It recently rose back to $2.48/share.
Pfizer Inc. (PFE) is a global pharmaceutical company that does pay dividends. It trades in the NYSE and has a market cap. of 194.27 billion. Last quarter, they profited about 27%.
What other information do you use to analyze and decide whether or not to invest? Thanks for any advise! Sorry if I sound a little noob-ish, as I am obviously not very knowledgeable about the stock market.
First tip: don't trade just based on someone's advice. Do your own research to make sure you agree with them. This doesn't mean to ignore them, just not to blindly follow.
I'll start with HDY: avoid it. My reason is simple, it just doesn't have enough volume. This makes it more prone to quick jumps and less liquidity. If nobody's trading it when it drops, you'll never get out.
DYN: Bearish outlook. While it's at a several year high, it looks like it's currently running on fumes. Also, it's got a very low value, which leaves litte room for movement one way or the other. I wouldn't touch it, personally. There's bigger fish to fry.
PFE: It looks like it'll break one way or another soon, but cant' tell which. Earnings on July 19th will likely be a driving force, and chart patterns suggest that it could go either up or down. I'd not touch stock on it, 'cause you have to pick sides. It might be feasible to try a 27.5 straddle with September or December options, but the stock'll have to move a few points in either direction to make it profitable; it's not been particularly volatile in the last year though, so the odds of that happening are probably low. Also, 28 has been a point of resistance in the past, so breaking it will require a bit of a push...
Overall: find something more attractive :icon_wink:
I haven't been keeping tabs on any, so I can't really say. These are just a few I've pulled up real quick.
Apple (AAPL) has been doing great for the last couple years for a longer term perspective. IBM has done well over tge past year, and has even broken out ot a 5-year high about a month ago. Boeing (BA) has also been making a good run. Federated Dept. Stores (FD) has been following a pretty good channel for the last year or so. You'd have to play it in pieces, but it could work. Noble Energy (NBL) and Xto Energy (XTO) have also been pretty steady for a few years. Stryker Corp (SYK) has had a very good year as well.
Mind you, I just ran through my old list of things and picked a handful based on their long term trends. And again, go over everything yourself before getting into a trade.
On Wednesday and Thursday (since I'm off work) I'm going to see how much I can make day trading.. I'll have MSNBC on, and try to find some stock that is in the news, and supposed to do well.. Buy, wait until inflection point (or somethn that I perceive as one) then sell.. :)