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The Piececlopedia is intended as a scholarly reference concerning the history and naming conventions of pieces used in Chess variants. But it is not a set of standards concerning what you must call pieces in newly invented games.

Piececlopedia: Chameleon

Historical notes

The chameleon is a piece, used in some fairy chess problems. This chameleon differs from chameleon from Abbot's game Ultima.


The chameleon changes in another type of piece after completing a move, in the sequence Queen, Knight, Bishop, Rook, Queen, ... I.e., a chameleon first moves as a queen, when it has moved as queen, it can move the next time as a knight, then after it has moves as a knight, it can move as a bishop, etc.

Information taken from FIDE Album 1989-1991 (a book with a selection of chess problems.)
This is an item in the Piececlopedia: an overview of different (fairy) chess pieces.
Written by Hans Bodlaender.
WWW page created: November 23, 1998.