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David Paulowich wrote on 2007-04-22 UTCGood ★★★★

Movement: define a 2-stepper PIECE to make 1 or 2 moves like that PIECE. The direction of movement can change with every move, unlike the case of a rider.

I use the name 'Commoner' for the usual (Wazir+Ferz) compound. The Lion has all the moves of a 2-stepper Commoner, with no restrictions. It can make a null move by returning to the square it started on. It can capture by igui. It can even make two captures in one turn. The Lion also can make a single Squirrel leap. In Jetan the Chief is a 3-stepper Commoner, which always makes exactly 3 steps, plus some other restrictions.

My recent games use the name 'War Elephant' for the 2-stepper Ferz, which has also been called Jester and Free Padwar. None of these chess variants allow the piece to make a null move. Again, the original definition in Jetan was most likely a Chained Padwar, moving exactly two steps.

I have a vague memory (several years old) of a 2-stepper Knight in a some chess variant. It may have been allowed to capture by igui. Not to be confused with the Ubi-Ubi. EDIT: The SUPER KNIGHT '... can capture a maximum of two enemy pieces in one move.' in Lim Ther Peng's Supremo Superchess.

The Bent Hero and Bent Shaman in Joe Joyce's Lemurian Shatranj are 'Inclusive Compound' pieces. They can be regarded as a '2-steppers' where the only 2-step moves allowed are those of two different pieces.

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