Kirin (chess)

A kirin is a fairy chess piece that moves as a ferz or a dabbaba. In notation, it is given the symbol FD. In this article, the kirin is represented by an inverted knight. The kirin is also known as giraffe ( ).

The kirin moves as ferz or dabbaba, and can jump.

The kirin appears under this name (Japanese: 麒麟, kirin) in the 14th-century Japanese game of chu shogi, and also in many other shogi variants. It appears in Ralph Betza's Chess on a Really Big Board. It is approximately equal to a knight in value.

Two kirins on opposite colors can force checkmate on a bare king without the help of their own king.


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