Cubs93: I'm curious, someone of approximately Class "C" strength at chess should find this game fairly simple to play and do very well. It appears the rules of the game were rather difficult for you to grasp. I have found in my games against the top 20 or so that this game is deceptively simple. Those games usually end up as a race to see who can get to the den first . . . and the better players allow weaknesses in order to try for that goal.