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Kangaroo. Moves on Queen lines to first square after second jumped over piece.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Charles Gilman wrote on 2004-03-04 UTC
There is a different piece with this name which is used in a game: the Kangaroo of Outback Chess, which combines the moves of the leaping Elephant (Alfil) and the Knight. This is in keeping with beastly names for beastly compounds (cf Bison, Gazelle, Gnu) and the piece was introduced by Timothy Newton, who as an Australian might be more familiar with real-life kangaroos than Almay. On the other hand, Almay's Kangaroo is far older. So which piece has the better claim to the name in future variants?