My reading of the rules has both players simultaneously placing pawns on starting positions.
Isn’t this problematic? Might’nt I want, from a tactical POV, to wait until my opponent places to finalize my positions? And might’nt my opponent want this as well? Which leaves us at an impasse unless we make a friendly agreement to sort of ignore each others’ placement? Which seems to go against the tactical win-or-lose nature of the game?
I don’t have an answer but this strikes me as a problem.