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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: Bishopper

Historical notes

The bishopper is a piece, used in some fairy chess problems. It relates to the Grasshopper, in the same way as a bishop relates to a queen.


The bishopper moves on the bishops lines, but must jump and lands at the first square after the piece he jumps. To be precise: the bishopper moves in diagonal direction until it meets a piece (either friendly or unfriendly). It jumps over the piece and goes to the first square on the line after the piece that it jumped over. If that square is occupied by a piece from the opponent, that piece is taken, i.e., the bishopper takes in the same way as it moves without taking.

Movement diagram

Information taken from FIDE Album 1989-1991 (a book with a selection of chess problems.)
This is an item in the Piececlopedia: an overview of different (fairy) chess pieces.
Written by Hans Bodlaender.
WWW page created: November 23, 1998.