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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: Fox

## Historical notes

The Fox is a doubly-bent rider, inspired by the Gryphon and Aanca, which are only singly-bent riders. It was invented in September 2004.

## Movement

The Fox steps one square orthagonally (this move cannot be used to capture, and the Fox cannot stop yet), then

1) Turns 45 degrees and slides as a bishop, turns 45 degrees either way and steps orthagonally again, finishing it's move (It must finish the move with this orthogonal step, it cannot stop or capture with it's rook move)

2) Turns 90 degrees and steps another square orthagonally, i.e. it makes a bishop move of zero steps then proceeds normally

Since it cannot stop until it's final orthogonal step, it can be considered a lame piece. On the other hand, it has a wide range of squares it can end up on in just one move, and does not have the problem the Gryphon has, being that it cannot retreat the same way it moved in the first place.

As you can see from the diagram, the Fox is colourbound but can move to 30 squares from the center square of an 8x8 chessboard. I think the Fox would play a nice part on a larger board, where it's move looks less dominating to one colour. Or perhaps add a colour-changing move and put it in Tripunch with different armies?

## Movement Diagram

```+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+
| X | . | X |   | X | . | X |   |
+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+
| . | X | . | X | . | X | . | X |
+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+
| X | . | X | . | X | . | X |   |
+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+
|   | X | . | F | . | X |   |   |
+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+
| X | . | X | . | X | . | X |   |
+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+
| . | X | . | X | . | X | . | X |
+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+
| X | . | X |   | X | . | X | . |
+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+
|   | X |   |   |   | X | . | X |
+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+
```

(F is the Fox, dots (.) are squares that may be stepped on as it moves, X's are final destination squares) ﻿