Historical notesThe contragrasshopper is a less well-known fairy chess piece. I know of no games that use it. Torsten Linss has a problem using the contrgrasshopper.
The contragrasshopper is, of course, derived from his more famous fairy cousin, the grasshopper.
MovementThe contragrasshopper moves and captures along queen lines (orthogonally or diagonally), but first it must leap over a piece, friendly or enemy, that is on a square adjacent to it in the direction it is moving. It can not jump over a second piece, but can move any distance past the piece it jumps over as long as its path is unobstructed.
Movement diagramIn the diagram below, the contragrasshopper can move to all the squares marked with a black circle. He can also capture the Black queen on h8.
This is an item in the Piececlopedia: an overview of different (fairy) chess pieces.
Written by Ben Good.
WWW page created: January 15, 1999.