Piececlopedia: Phoenix / Waffle
This piece can either step one space orthogonally or leap exactly two spaces diagonally. It was used at least 600 years ago in Chu Shogi with the name "Phoenix". Much later, Ralph Betza used the same piece in his Chess with Different Armies under the name "Waffle". It is uncertain if Betza was aware that a piece with this movement was not a new invention.
The Phoenix/Waffle has the combined movement of the Wazir and the Alfil, i.e., it can move one square horizontally or vertically, or it can jump two squares diagonally. When jumping, the square passed by may be empty or occupied.
In Chu Shogi, this piece is called a Phoenix and it can promote to a Queen upon reaching the promotion zone.
In Chess with Different Armies, this piece is called a Waffle because the first two letters, "wa", describe its movement in Betza notation. It is a member of the Colorbound Clobberers army.
Kevin Pacey added a pair of Waffles to the standard Chess lineup to create Waffle Chess.
This is an item in the Piececlopedia: an overview of different (fairy) chess pieces.
Written by Hans Bodlaender.
Updated by Greg Strong.
WWW page created: 2001-02-19.
WWW page updated: 2020-12-17.