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Multiple decades ago, I was introduced to a game as described in the title of this question. What I can remember of it is:

  1. The two rooks had different functions. They were distinguished by placing one of them upside down.

  2. One piece was called a "retractor". It captured by moving to a square adjacent to the target piece, then moving away on a subsequent turn, unless the target moved first.

  3. Another piece, called an "immobilizer", prevented any adjacent opposing piece from moving. Two adjacent opposing immobilizers could create a permanent mess.

  4. Yet another (whose name I forget) captured by moving to a position such that it, the king of its color, & the target formed a right triangle, with the king at the right-angle vertex. There were both obvious & less obvious configurations that met this condition. (E.g., the king could be in a "knight's move" direction from each of the other two.)

  5. I believe another piece could capture by jumping its target, checkers-style, though not necessarily diagonally.

I have no recollection of how any of the pieces moved; nor, for that matter, what the object of the game was. I would be grateful to anyone who can provide any further information, especially the name of the game, or any pointers to a complete set of rules.

Thank you very much.

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Doing a quick search for "chess" and "immobilizer" led me to Baroque Chess.

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And the "Withdrawer" would match the "Retractor" above while the "Long Leaper" captures by jumping, possibly multiple times along the same direction.' –  Sean Duggan Aug 15 at 16:52

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