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This item is a piececlopedia entry
It belongs to categories: Orthodox chess, 
It was last modified on: 2001-02-21
 Author: Hans L. Bodlaender. Inventor: Ralph  Betza. FAD piece. A piece which has the has the combined movements of the Ferz, Alfil and the Dabbabah.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
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 Gnu.

Nuno Cruz wrote on 2008-11-03 UTCGood ★★★★
I do not know if this piece has already a name other then is 'species' name (much like animals or plants have a Latin name), but may I suggest EMIR? : ) The pieces that compound it are all from Arab origin or Arab in name or where passed to us by the Arabs. So it seems an appropriate name to give... Here is a little portion of the text of wikipedia for the definition of Emir: 'commander' or 'general', also 'prince' ; also transliterated as amir, aamir or ameer) is a high title of nobility or office, used throughout the Arab World, and, historically, in some Turkic states. Emirs are usually considered high-ranking sheiks, but in monarchical states the term is also used for princes

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