Originally posted by Linden Lyons
Not sure about 'C', but 'S' is for 'Springer', which is German for knight. Problem composers often use 'S' so that 'N' can be reserved for a popular unorthodox piece called the nightrider, which performs one or more knight-leaps in a straight line in a single move (e.g. on a clear board, a nightrider on a1 can move to b3, c5, d7, c2, e3, and g4).
C = French for Knight (Cavalier or some such?)
The decision to use S instead of N in English-speaking publications is one of the silliest in the history of ever. Why should the orthodox Knight have to surrender his letter to a variant
If we're going to copy the Germans, we might as well use all their letters; D = Queen, T = Rook, L = Bishop, B = Pawn and K = King (well, at least one
letter doesn't change!)