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The Nao is a rarer fairy chess piece that moves like a nightrider, but when capturing has to hop over a piece. It is currently only used in some chess problems.


The Nao can either move to squares marked with a black dot, or capture the Queen at f8 by hopping over the queen at e6. It can not capture the rook at c2.


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Author: KelvinFox.
Web page created: 2020-02-07. Web page last updated: 2020-02-07