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The Chess Variant Pages

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.


Historical notes

Different chess variants feature different kind of fairy chess pieces known under the name of Lion. By designers of fairy chess problems, the Lion is a well defined piece. It is related to the Grasshopper, but more powerfull, but less frequently used.


The lion moves on the queens lines, but must jump exactly once when moving. I.e., the lion goes in any horizontal, vertical or diagonal direction. It can pass any number of unoccupied squares, but must pass an occupied square.

The difference with the grasshopper is that a lion can move more squares after taking the `hurdle': the grasshopper must land on the square directly after the `hurdle'.

Movement diagram


The lion can take the bishop, but does not give check here to the black king. It can move to the position of the bishop and all positions marked with a black circle in the diagram.

Written by Hans Bodlaender.
WWW page created: May 16, 2000.