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A fairy chess piece, variant chess piece, unorthodox chess piece, or heterodox chess piece is a chess piece not used in conventional chess but incorporated into certain chess variants and some chess problems. Compared to conventional pieces, fairy pieces vary mostly in the way they move, but they may also follow special rules for capturing, promotions, etc. Because of the distributed and uncoordinated nature of unorthodox chess development, the same piece can have different names, and different pieces can have the same name in various contexts. Most are symbolised as inverted or rotated icons of the standard pieces in diagrams, and the meanings of these "wildcards" must be defined in each context separately. Pieces invented for use in chess variants rather than problems sometimes instead have special icons designed for them, but with some exceptions (the princess, empress, and occasionally amazon), many of these are not used beyond the individual games for which they were invented.

Php9asUSH 2-removebg-previewPhp9asUSH 3-removebg-preview Archbishop is a fairy chess piece that can move like a bishop or a knight. Although it cannot jump over other pieces when moving as a bishop, it may do so when moving as a knight. It can checkmate all by itself. It can also be called a Princess or a cardinal. The archbishop is also one of the most popular variant chess pieces.

PhpFRHFn4 2-removebg-previewPhpFRHFn4 3-removebg-preview Chancellor is a fairy chess piece that can move like a rook or knight. Although it cannot jump over other pieces when moving as a rook, but may be considered to do so when moving as a knight. It can also be called an empress, a marshal or a knook. The chancellor is one of the most popular chess variant pieces, like the archbishop.

PhpplXprx 2-removebg-previewPhpplXprx 3-removebg-preview Amazon is a fairy chess piece that can move like a Queen or a Knight. Although it cannot jump over other pieces when moving as a queen, it may do so when moving as a knight. It can checkmate all by itself. The Amazon is also the popular variant chess pieces (althought it's not as popular as the Archbishop and Chancellor)

LightMannDarkMann Mann is a fairy chess piece that can move like a King. but it is not a royal piece (i.e. it is not subject to check and checkmate), and it cannot castle. The mann is used in many chess variants.

Duck Duck is a fairy chess piece that only exists in Duck Chess. it may jump to any space on the board, though cannot capture nor be captured. The duck has to move every turn, and can be moved by both players.

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