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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: Camel

Historical notes

The Camel is a piece that dates back at least to Tamerlane Chess. The piece is used in many more modern chess variants as well (see below for a complete listing).

The piece is still known under this name by composers of fairy chess problems.


The camel is a (1,3)-jumper. This means that it reaches its destination square by moving either three squares horizontally and one vertically, or one square horizontally and three vertically. The camel is a jumping piece, meaning it can move to its destination square whether the intervening squares are occupied or not. If the destination square is occupied by an enemy piece, then it captures that piece.

Movement diagram


The camel is used in the following games:


Like the bishop, the camel is a color-bound piece, meaning that it can only move to squares that are the same color as the one it starts on.

This is an item in the Piececlopedia: an overview of different (fairy) chess pieces.
Written by Hans Bodlaender and Ben Good. Diagram by Ben Good.
WWW page created: September 10, 1998. Last modified: October 4, 1999.