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

from: The Psychology of the Chess Player
— Reuben FINE (the man who put the 'anal' into analysis)
"Chess is a contest between two men in which there is considerable ego-involvement. In some way it certainly touches upon the conflicts surrounding aggression, homosexuality, masturbation and narcissism which become particularly prominent in the anal-phallic phases of development. From the standpoint of id psychology, Jones' observations can therefore be confirmed, even enlarged upon. Genetically, chess is more often than not taught to the boy by his father, or a father-substitute, and thus becomes a means of working out the son-father rivalry."

So now you know... It's easy to be dismissive of this, but if you don't think there's anything in it, and are not easily offended, then I invite you to look at a few statements quoted in Dominic Lawson's The Inner Game. The most obvious caution against a psychodynamic interpretation of chess is that Short's anal rape fantasies here seem anything but "unconscious" or "repressed"!