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: Zebra

Historical notes

The zebra is a fairly well known fairy chess piece, and has appeared in chess variants under different names.

In Mideast Chess, it is called the courtier.


The zebra is a (2,3)-jumper, i.e., it moves (with or without taking) three squares horizontally and two vertically, or two squares horizontally and three vertically. It `jumps', i.e., it can move regardless whether the intervening squares are occupied or not.

Movement diagram

In the diagram below, the zebra can move to all the squares marked with a black circle.

This is an item in the Piececlopedia: an overview of different (fairy) chess pieces.
Written by Ben Good.
WWW page created: January 11, 1999.