Historical notesThe Fibnif is a `combination chess piece', introduced by Ralph Betza in 1996. The name comes from fbNF: a Knight (N) that can move forwards and backwards, but not sidewards, combined with a Ferz. In an attempt to get rid of nonsensical names derived from Betza move notation, the alternative name Lancer has been proposed.
MovementThe Lancer can either move one square diagonally, or can make a jump consisting of two squares vertically and one square horizontally: i.e., from the eight possible jumps a knight can make, the Lancer can make four.
Movement diagramThe Lancer can jump to all the squares marked with a circle.
The Lancer cannot inflict checkmate on a rectangular board with only assistance of its own King, and is thus a minor piece. But a pair of them can force checkmate on a bare King. Try it!
This is an item in the Piececlopedia: an overview of different (fairy) chess pieces.
Written by Hans Bodlaender.
WWW page created: March 20, 2001. Updated: 2023-02-08 by H.G.Muller.