Check out Alice Chess, our featured variant for June, 2024.

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: Fibnif

Historical notes

The Fibnif is a `combination chess piece', introduced by Ralph Betza in 1996. The name comes from fbNF: a Knight (N) that can move forwards and backwards, but not sidewards, combined with a Ferz. In an attempt to get rid of nonsensical names derived from Betza move notation, the alternative name Lancer has been proposed.


The Lancer can either move one square diagonally, or can make a jump consisting of two squares vertically and one square horizontally: i.e., from the eight possible jumps a knight can make, the Lancer can make four.

Movement diagram

The Lancer can jump to all the squares marked with a circle.


The Lancer cannot inflict checkmate on a rectangular board with only assistance of its own King, and is thus a minor piece. But a pair of them can force checkmate on a bare King. Try it!

This is an item in the Piececlopedia: an overview of different (fairy) chess pieces.
Written by Hans Bodlaender.
WWW page created: March 20, 2001. Updated: 2023-02-08 by H.G.Muller.