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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: Dabbabah

Historical notes

The Dabbabah was a piece that already appeared in some very early variants of chess. Its name represents an ancient war instrument, and is sometimes translated as war engine, although information what kind of form it precisely had is not available to me.

In different old chess variants, dabbabah's were used with different movement rules, e.g., it has been used to name a piece that moved like a normal bishop. The movement given below is the one with which the piece is still nowadays in use, e.g., in some fairy chess problems.


The dabbabah is a (0,2)-jumper, i.e., it moves (with or without taking) two squares horizontally or vertically. It `jumps', i.e., it can move regardless whether the intervening square is occupied or not.

Movement diagram

This is an item in the Piececlopedia: an overview of different (fairy) chess pieces.
Written by Hans Bodlaender. Diagram by Ben Good.
WWW page created: September 4, 1998. Last modified: September 14, 1998.