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This item is a piececlopedia entry
It belongs to categories: Orthodox chess, 
It was last modified on: 2003-09-16
 Author: Fergus  Duniho. Piececlopedia Guidelines. Missing description[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Kevin Pacey wrote on 2020-10-28 UTC

One piece type that perhaps really should have a Piececlopedia article about it is the so-called Ferfil (or Modern Elephant) - maybe there is no article so far because no one is sure what to call it (beyond FA)? The first known inclusion of the type may be in the historical game Courier-Spiel; it has since been included in many chess variants that have been invented, and it seems like a classic compound piece to me, moving in four symmetric directions (ignoring the leap component for a second).

The FA is likely to be worth about a knight on a number of board sizes, in spite of being colour-bound. It's a favourite piece type of mine, as it's even close in value to a bishop on fairly normal board sizes, at least before a wide-open endgame, as the leap component it has can rather make up for a bishop's greater range, which would otherwise make it clearly superior in every way.