My club has recently been playing the variant Etchessera. For those unfamiliar, this variant allows you to build an army consisting of a King and up to 39 points worth of pieces according to the following system:
- Pawn - 1pt
- Knight - 3pt
- Bishop - 3pt
- Rook - 5pt
- Queen - 9pt
While I realize that the relative point values are often listed differently, and can change based upon what other pieces remain, we were wondering if there should be a clear winner between the standard chess army and one consisting of 4 queens and 3 pawns.
Through our own games, the match-up appears to still be about equal provided the classic army plays defensive openings and forces a few trades. However, my club is a very small sample size and I was looking to see if this has ever been explored elsewhere.