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A fairy chess piece or unorthodox chess piece is a piece analogous to a chess piece . It is not used in conventional chess , but is used in certain chess variants and some chess problems . These pieces vary in the way they move and possibly in additional properties. Because of the distributed and uncoordinated nature of unorthodox chess development, often the same piece is referred to by different names or the same name is used for different pieces in various contexts (chess problems, various chess variants). [ edit ] Classification Fairy chess pieces usually fall into one of three classes, although some are hybrid pieces.