Historical notesThe Wazir was a piece that already appeared in some very early variants of chess, like the about 600 years old Tamerlane chess. The translation of the name of the piece is vizir.
MovementThe Wazir moves one square orthogonally. It takes in the same way as it moves without taking.
The wazir on other types of boardsAlberto Monteiro remarked that the wazir type of move can also be defined on non-square boards, as follows:
The Wazir moves to the adjacent squares that share an aresta with it's current position, or, for more than 2D boards, to the adjacent (hyper)volumes that share a (hyper)face with its current position. In the standard board, these are the four squares in front of, to the left, behind and to the right. It takes in the same way as it moves without taking.The two diagrams below show the (generalized) Wazir move on a hexagonal board and a board, typically for wargames.
This is an item in the Piececlopedia: an overview of different (fairy) chess pieces.
Text and pictures by Hans Bodlaender and Alberto Monteiro.
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