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Duke. Piece from RennChess that steps one orthogonally then slides diagonally, or slides diagonally then steps one orthogonally.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
David Paulowich wrote on 2004-09-10 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
Continuing my comments to the Cavalier article. Adrian King writes: 'The Spider is the diagonal counterpart of the orthogonal Octopus, and like the Octopus, was taken from an unpublished piece by Wayne Schmittberger.' King allowed the Scirocco Spider to move like a Wazir but not to capture like one. The Spider continues on to move and capture on the same squares as the Duke. As in the case of the Octopus, King's scirocco.zrf verifies that this piece traces a single path to its target. <p>Adrian King's 16x16 variant 'Jupiter' inspired Mark Hedden to create Ganymede Chess (12x12), Europan Chess (14x14), and Io Chess (16x16). Io Chess contains a Spider piece, which can both move and capture like a Wazir. To quote Mark Hedden: 'It is, simply, the diagonal equivalent of the griffin.' Hedden allows this piece to promote to the Tarantula, which combines the moves of Spider and Bishop. The Wing Chun piece in Tim Bostick's Kung Fu Chess (2001) also moves like the Spider and promotes to a piece which moves like a Tarantula.