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.

Enter Your Reply

The Comment You're Replying To
AndR wrote on 2011-07-19 UTC
I find the FAD very enjoyable to have in a game.  Its compound move is
pretty each to visualize -- it can move to any square of the same color
it's on in a 5x5 square.  My partner and I pronounce it to rhyme with
'wad' -- even though Betza says it sounds just like Enlish 'fad.'  It
sounds more 'eastern' to my ears to say it that way; it fits in with the
Wazir, Ferz, Alfil, etc.

A very simple variant we've tried just replaces the bishops with FADs.  It
feels very different.  We also enjoy a variant which replaces the bishops
with FADs and the knights with Gnu's.  The FAD is a strong piece but it
weakness it its colorboundness.  The Gnu (which moves as a knight or a
camel -- can make a [1,2] leap or a [1,3] leap) can choose to change color
or stay on the same color, so it can dance safely around the FADs if it's
careful.  But they have no attacks in common, which make them strong when
used together; and it means that the FADs can occasionally outmaneuver a

Edit Form

Comment on the page FAD piece

Quick Markdown Guide

By default, new comments may be entered as Markdown, simple markup syntax designed to be readable and not look like markup. Comments stored as Markdown will be converted to HTML by Parsedown before displaying them. This follows the Github Flavored Markdown Spec with support for Markdown Extra. For a good overview of Markdown in general, check out the Markdown Guide. Here is a quick comparison of some commonly used Markdown with the rendered result:

Top level header: <H1>

Block quote

Second paragraph in block quote

First Paragraph of response. Italics, bold, and bold italics.

Second Paragraph after blank line. Here is some HTML code mixed in with the Markdown, and here is the same <U>HTML code</U> enclosed by backticks.

Secondary Header: <H2>

  • Unordered list item
  • Second unordered list item
  • New unordered list
    • Nested list item

Third Level header <H3>

  1. An ordered list item.
  2. A second ordered list item with the same number.
  3. A third ordered list item.

Alt text for a graphic image

A definition list
A list of terms, each with one or more definitions following it.
An HTML construct using the tags <DL>, <DT> and <DD>.
A term
Its definition after a colon.
A second definition.
A third definition.
Another term following a blank line
The definition of that term.