The flamingo is a less well-known fairy chess piece. I know of no games that use it. Torsten Linss has a few problems using the flamingo.
MovementThe flamingo is a (1,6)-jumper, i.e., it moves (with or without taking) one square horizontally and six vertically, or six squares horizontally and one vertically. It `jumps', i.e., it can move regardless whether the intervening squares are occupied or not.
Movement diagramIn the diagram below, the flamingo can move to all the squares marked with a black circle.
Note that on an 8x8 chessboard, a flamingo on any of the sixteen central squares has no legal move (and therefore, a flamingo starting on any of the other squares can never reach the sixteen central squares).
The Flamingo cannot inflict checkmate on a rectangular board with only assistance of its own King, and is thus a minor piece. Even with a pair of Flamingos you cannot force checkmate on a bare King, but paired with another minor this is sometimes possible. Try it!
Written by Ben Good. Thanks to André Heuner for noting a mistake in the diagram.
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