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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.

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George Duke wrote on 2008-03-11 UTCGood ★★★★
I think Greenwood's name Cavalier is very good because, reading English, 'Cavalier' is normal English word, and here it sets off with 'Duke' its counterpart-piece. In English, meaning of Cavalier overlaps 'Knight', but we think of them not as the very same at all -- although both falling under more generic meaning ''man-at-arms.'' Cavalier has more social and also organizational connotation than Knight, whilst the latter bears more exclusively on war-making. I doubt Greenwood was thinking of the French, or was most likely wholly able to. So, Cazaux's muted point is well taken that USA people are weakest in knowledge of other languages among contributors and, moreover, sans humility about thus being English-bound. Now similar case of near-synonyms is King, Emperor, and Maharajah with all their differing amplifications. After 15 years of CVPage, any given Comment resonates further, or it ought to. Thus, more could always be added on this nomenclature question and piece-movement definition: (1) Piececlopedia entries are not done nowadays. (2) Ben Good is presumably no relation to Jeremy Good. (3) Credit Ben Good, at one time among the 3-4 most active member/editor, for recognizing the Cavalier as two-path: ''two different paths to any destination square'' way back in olden days of year 2002.

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