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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: Zebra

Historical notes

The Zebra is a fairly well known fairy chess piece, and has appeared in chess variants under different names. In Mideast Chess, for example, it is called the Courtier.


The Zebra is a (3,2)-leaper, i.e., it moves (with or without taking) three squares horizontally and two vertically, or two squares horizontally and three vertically. Like a Knight in chess, it jumps — it can move regardless whether the intervening squares are occupied or not.

This is an item in the Piececlopedia: an overview of different (fairy) chess pieces.
Written by Ben Good.
Updated by Greg Strong.
WWW page created: 1999-01-11.
WWW page updated: 2020-12-20.