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Exactly how do you spell the mythical creature that has the syntax (TOP lion, BOTTOM eagle)? That would depend on who you ask, because it has a little bit of an identity crisis! While they're all pronounced \\grîfõn\\, the exact spelling varies and there are an incredible seven spellings: Gryphon, Gryphen, Griffen, Gryphin, Griffin, Griffon and Griphon. It just so happens that there are seven slots on a regular FIDE board, and thus, Gryphon Chess was born. Not meant to be played really; it's just an old exercise.