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

"A knowledge of tactics is the foundation of positional play. This is a rule which has stood its test in chess history and one which we cannot impress forcibly enough upon the young chess player. A beginner should avoid Queen's Gambit and French Defence and play open games instead! While he may not win as many games at first, he will in the long run be amply compensated by acquiring a thorough knowledge of the game"
— -- RICHARD RETI