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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.

Piececlopedia: Zebrarider

Historical notes

The zebrarider is a `riding' variant of the Zebra, a fairly well known fairy chess piece. The zebrarider is used only occasionally in fairy chess problems. For a game piece, it may be less suitable - perhaps for variants on very big boards?


The zebrarider is a (2,3)-rider, i.e., it can make a series of jumps in the same direction, always going either two horizontally and three vertically, or two vertically and three horizontally. In other words: it can make a zebra move; when the square it visits is empty, it can continue with addtional zebra moves in exactly the same direction.

Movement diagram

In the diagram (on a 10 by 10 board) below, the zebrarider on a1 can move to all the squares marked with a white circle, and it can capture the black rook (which blocks its further movement in that direction, hence the zebrarider cannot go to i7.)





This is an item in the Piececlopedia: an overview of different (fairy) chess pieces.
Written by Hans Bodlaender
WWW page created: September 25, 2000.