The tripper by itself is not much more powerful than a pawn, but as an additional power to other pieces it is worth slightly less than half a knight. This slightly reduced value is due to its limited mobility on the 8×8 board; Betza noted that it was a much more useful component on the 12×12 board, then having practically its ideal value of half a knight. Its value as a piece by itself is severely compromised by its being only being able to reach an eighteenth of the squares on any size of chessboard; combining it with other pieces usually masks this weakness to some extent.
- Ideal and Practical Values (part 4): Odds and Ends by Ralph Betza, The Chess Variant Pages
- Augmented [Different] Knights by Ralph Betza, The Chess Variant Pages
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