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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: FAD / War Elephant

Historical notes

The FAD is a combination chess piece used by Ralph Betza in his game Chess with Different Armies. The name comes from the description of its movement capabilities in Betza notation

. More recent inventions using this piece, such as Lemurian Shatranj, have used the name War Elephant.


The FAD has the combined movement of the Ferz, the Alfil, and the Dabbabah, i.e., it can move one square diagonally, or it can jump exactly two squares horizontally, vertically or diagonally, where the square passed by may be empty or occupied.

Movement Diagriam
This is an item in the Piececlopedia: an overview of different (fairy) chess pieces.
Written by Hans Bodlaender. Updated by Greg Strong.
WWW page created: 2001-02-19.
WWW page updated: 2020-17-12.