African Animals In Chess

If a piece started on the green square (Yes; I know: there are no green squares in serious chess.) these are the destination squares of three fantasy pieces compared to the standard knight.

A curious finding: despite the fact these pieces all jump farther than the knight, none are as powerful or desirable as the little guy depicted on a traditional piece by the horse with no rider. The camel can never (legally) move to a square of the opposite color. And the eight-by-eight standard chessboard is really too small for the zebra or camel to be of much use. Many beginners know the pawn has a “value” of 1, and the knight is about 3. None of these other pieces is rated above one-and-a-half.

How many inexperienced gamers would go with the long reach above the slow and steady? And those who play the game of life too? Don’t short-change yourself.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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