Three Way Chess Set (chess variant/board game)

Three Way Chess Set

Three Way Chess Set (chess variant/board game)
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Games for three

This is a great set but perhaps not such a great game. If you play it as 'laat one standing wins' then there is some awkwardness about the remaining pieces. Also, if Red takes Blue's Queen at cost of a Bishop -- a no-brainer in the two-player game -- Red will be a piece behind against Green! There seems no way around this paradox.

To include a single player in a two-person game you can try this arrangement:

There it was being used for exchange chess.

Another variant is to try walking three-player chess:

A moves White and walks around the table, while
B moves Black then walks around the table, while
C moves White then walks around the table, while
A moves Black then walks around the table, while
B moves White then walks around the table, while
C moves Black then walks around the table, etc.

Needs a clock to ensure turns are taken properly!

Another idea is that a player takes on a pair, either conferring normally or as Hand and Brain -- Brain nominates a class of piece, Hand has to decide which piece to which square!

Available from Tim Onions

Chess Quotes

XLVIX.
"'Tis all a Chequer-board of Nights and Days
Where Destiny with Men for Pieces plays:
Hither and thither moves, and mates, and slays,
And one by one back in the Closet lays.
"
Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
Rendered into English Verse by Edward Fitzgerald, First Edition
http://www.teachersoft.com/Library/poetry/fitzgrld/chapt01.htm
"Impotent Pieces of the Game He plays
Upon this Chequer-board of Nights and Days;
— Fifth edition, http://www.nmaa.si.edu/vedder/slide37p.html

 There are other editions, and other translations, but none, I think, on the Web.