The Chess Variant Pages

The Piececlopedia is intended as a scholarly reference concerning the history and naming conventions of pieces used in Chess variants. But it is not a set of standards concerning what you must call pieces in newly invented games.

Piececlopedia: Fibnif

Historical notes

The Fibnif is a `combination chess piece', introduced by Ralph Betza in 1996. The name comes from fbNF: a Knight (N) that can move forwards and backwards, but not sidewards, combined with a Ferz.


The Fibnif can either move one square diagonally, or can make a jump consisting of two squares vertically and one square horizontally: i.e., from the eight possible jumps a knight can make, the Fibnif can make four.

Movement diagram

The Fibmog can jump to all the squares marked with a circle.

This is an item in the Piececlopedia: an overview of different (fairy) chess pieces.
Written by Hans Bodlaender.
WWW page created: March 20, 2001.