New chess piece – the Zebra

I had an idea the other day, dont ask me where it came from – for a new chess piece. I dont usually play chess and am pretty terrible at it but when I do play it, I enjoy vainly trying to create some sort of strategy. I thought it would be an interesting experiment to introduce a new chess piece to the board called a Zebra.

zebra_chess

proposed Zebra chess piece

The Zebra moves just like a horse in an L-shaped patter, with one caveat. It can be controlled by either player depending on his turn.  The game would be started in traditional way, with the white player opening the 1st move. The black player would then have the option of countering with any of his pieces, or he can begin moving the Zebra from its position (below) to any place he wants using the standard horse L-movement. Once the black player ends his turn, white player can take over the control of the Zebra from where the black player left off (if he so chooses).

Zebra can be initiated with the black player's move. After the 1st move it can be controlled by either player.

Zebra can be initiated with the black player’s move. After the 1st move it can be controlled by either player.

I havent tried playing this way yet, and it may throw the game’s dynamic off completely but I’ll try to test a Zebra piece as soon as I get a chance.

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