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Gryphon Aanca Chess. Large Variant with Gryphons, Aancas, and a few other not-so-common pieces. (12x12, Cells: 144) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
💡📝Gary Gifford wrote on Tue, Jul 24, 2007 04:19 PM UTC:
Hello Charles: You mentioned that no one has copied your use of the 'Archdeacon' name. You now mention the 'ANCHORITE' meaning a kind of religious hermit. I like the sound of 'Anachoreta' (Anchorite's Latin source) even better.  There is even a play of transposed phonetics between Aanca and Anac.  You mention the possible use of an 'anchor' image... personally I would not like an anchor image for such a mobile piece.  Pawns are closer to anchors.

The piece image I settled upon looks like a Bishop on a plus-sign (see rules:  Images c1 / j1) That image helps illustrate the movement: orthogonally 1 space, then optionally moves as a Bishop.  One possibility is to use that image and replace the cross that is actually on the Bishop with a small anchor.

In summary - 'Anachoreta' sounds cool to me, and it is still an 'Anchorite.'  But 'Anchorite' also sounds very good.  Of course, I still think 'Archdeacon' is an excellent name because of the Bishop aspect.