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The Ferz

The Ferz is a piece from the original game of Chess, where it
occupied the position on the board that the modern Queen does now.
The Ferz moves one square diagonally, so from e4, a Ferz can reach
d5, f5, f3, or d3. The Ferz, like the Bishop, can never get to 32 of
the 64 squares on the board...

By itself, the Ferz is too weak a piece to be of much interest, but
its power can be combined with the powers of other pieces to make
new and interesting ones. By itself, it is worth less than a Pawn
and a half, but in combination with other pieces it is worth half a
Knight, more or less.

The funny notation for this is simply
the letter F, because the Ferz is one of the basic geometric
ingredients used in the recipes for other pieces.

The funny notation could also be F1, meaning that it is a one-step
diagonal mover. Please notice that F7 (on an 8x8 board) is the
Bishop; the Bishop is nothing but an extension of the basic
geometrical move of the F.

The Pawnless endgame with King and three Ferz (not all on the same
color square) is winnable. Two Ferz (and the King) can confine the
enemy K to a corner and stalemate, but it isn't easy.

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