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A

Archbishop icon
Archbishop moves

Archbishop: 12 points
Reference: Capablanca's Chess

The Archbishop may move like a Bishop, sliding any clear distance along a diagonal, or like a Horse, with a (1,2) leap. When moving like a Horse the Archbishop ignores intervening pieces.

 

B

Bishop icon
Bishop moves

Bishop: 7 points
From orthodox chess

The Bishop may slide any clear distance along a diagonal. It may not leap over any piece, or move onto a square occupied by a friendly piece.

 

C

Camel icon
Camel moves

Camel: 4 points
Reference: Tamerlane's Chess

The Camel moves one square horizontally or vertically, turns 90 degrees, and continues three squares; or the opposite (three squares, turn, one square). In either case it ignores intervening pieces and leaps from square to square.

 

D

Dragon icon
Dragon moves

Dragon: 6 points
From fairy chess problems

The Dragon may move like a Horse, with a (1,2) leap. It may also move like an orthodox chess pawn, one square straight forward to an empty square or one square diagonally forward to a square occupied by an enemy.

The Dragon does not share the orthodox pawn's two-square forward movement from its starting position.

 

E

Eagle icon
Eagle moves

Eagle: 10 points
Reference: Tori Shogi

The Eagle moves forward diagonally like a Bishop, sliding any clear distance. It moves vertically backward like a Rook, sliding any clear distance. It moves straight forward or sideways one square. Finally, it moves diagonally backward one or two squares (but does not leap to do so).

 

F

Fad icon
Fad moves

Fad: 8 points
Reference: Chess With Different Armies

The Fad may move one square diagonally, or leap two squares diagonally, or leap two squares horizontally or vertically. The two-space moves ignore intervening pieces. Note that a Fad, like a Bishop or Camel, is bound to squares of one color.

The Fad's move combines the classic moves of the Ferz, Alfil, and Dabbabah, whence the name.

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Written by Glenn Overby II.
WWW page created: November 5, 2002.