3 Man Chess

3 Man Chess is played just like conventional Chess. There was NEVER any intention of trying to make the game "better" because that can't be done.


The addition of a third person adds a dimension of political intrigue and savoir faire to the game. - David Howe

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The Board

The board\'s true wood rendered image is digitally printed directly onto a 19 1/8 inch (485mm) diameter, 1/8 inch (3mm) thick round piece of extruded PVC that has been cut & hinged with a Polyken chemical resistant tape to fold into thirds. This our 4th generation, and best board yet.

The Pieces

The pieces are black, gray, and ivory in color. Each set of game pieces, consists of 48 pieces comprising 3 teams of 16 pieces each. All pieces are solid plastic with felt bottoms. Kings are 2.5 inches (64mm) tall, with a 1-inch (25mm) diameter base.

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Game Description

Finally a Chess variant board has been developed that accommodates three players, without compromising ANY of the rules, strategies, or competitive challenges that make Chess the best board game in the world. The only changes from conventional chess are some protocol issues that must be followed to maintain order where the teams border each other, which is simple and necessary. Also, please notice that the trajectory lines orienting from the outer rank, are simply visual aids to help guide diagonal moves passing through the center. If the path is clear, a diagonal move starting from the outer rank can pass through the center and sweep back around to where it originated. The complexities of the third player are infinite. Your threatened piece may be allowed to maintain occupancy as your position is beneficial to the threatening player. But how long can it last? This scenario may exist all over the board. There are multiple trust and doubt situations between all players. An unexpected move might well result in a cascading massacre. Defense is crucial since a diagonal move through the center, or a horizontal move around the center can sneak up behind you. A player can be checkmated by a combination of both other players or ultimately one player can checkmate both other players at the same time.

The game is patented (Des. 376,824). 3 Man Chess is played "in the round," that is, the field of play is circular. The game board consists of 6 concentric ranks of 24 squares each. Three conventional teams of 16 pieces border each other adjacently on the outer 2 ranks; the teams are separated and protected from each other by impassable "moats." A circular void occupies the center of the board, through which moves may pass, but not rest. Vertical moves pass across the center to the opposite "spoke," while horizontal moves orbit around the circular ranks. The diagonal sweeps are interesting and dangerous, taking on a spiral quality. A diagonal move starting from the outer rank can swing through the center and return to its origin. These "teardrop" trajectory lines are colored into the board, as visual aids only. (Rotation through the outer rank is not allowed continuously in the same move.) After just a couple of turns around the board, strategy becomes intensely complex and fascinating.

3 Man Chess is played just like conventional Chess. There was NEVER any intention of trying to make the game "better" because that can't be done. However, being able to play with three minds interacting creates situations that never arise in conventional Chess. Basically, three sets of pieces (the same sets as in conventional Chess) border each other on the outer two ranks of the round board. Since the "rows" are now concentric circles, a Rook may rotate around the entire board or move straight across the board passing through the center. There is no space to occupy in the center, you simply pass through it. By the nature of the board, diagonal moves "bend" toward and may rotate through the center. The "trajectory" lines on the board are only visual aids to help you see and plan possible diagonal moves. Diagonal moves such as a Bishop, may rotate through the center but cannot rotate through (or bounce off) the outer rank in one move. There are "Moats" between each team on the outer rank. They are necessary to keep Rooks from capturing each other on the first move. These Moats may become bridged if the outer rank between two teams becomes vacant. Also, there are Creeks that run two ranks toward the center off each Moat. The Creeks only purposes that a Pawn cannot diagonally capture across the Creek (it must first be past the Creek).

Product Description

3 Man Chess Primary Set includes FREE shipping in Contiguous USA.

The Board

The board's true wood rendered image is digitally printed directly onto a 19 1/8 inch (485mm) diameter, 1/8 inch (3mm) thick round piece of extruded PVC that has been cut & hinged with a Polyken chemical resistant tape to fold into thirds. This our 4th generation, and best board yet.

The Pieces

The pieces are black, gray, and ivory in color. Each set of game pieces, consists of 48 pieces comprising 3 teams of 16 pieces each. All pieces are solid plastic with felt bottoms. Kings are 2.5 inches (64mm) tall, with a 1-inch (25mm) diameter base.

Digital Download

Play 3 Man Chess on your computer with our downloadable version of this classic game!
 

Return Policy

If for any reason you are unsatisfied with your round chess set, you may return it within 30 days for a refund (minus shipping charges). Please send it to: CNMC Co, 3MC Returns, 865 Easthagan Dr, Nashville, TN 37217. Be sure to include the email address associated with your PayPal account (if applicable), and your postal mailing address. We will either credit you through PayPal, or mail you a check. Please state reason for return.

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