Three Player Chess
Product DescriptionPlay chess with 3 people at the same time with this three player chess game. Without compromising any of the rules, strategy, or fun of Chess, this variant board has been developed that accommodates three players. 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. 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 among all players.
- The board is 1/8 inch (3mm) thick, 19 inches (48cm) in diameter, made of PVC plastic, & weighs 12 ounces (.34kg). The 3 sections are hinged together [with a heavy cotton fiber tape that will not crack over time], and unfold to produce the round board which can be lifted, and carried to another table if necessary.
- Game comes with 48 Staunton style pieces which are solid plastic with felt bottoms, comprising 3 teams of 16 pieces each, black, gray, and ivory in color.
- King is 2.5 inches (64mm) tall, with a 1-inch (25mm) diameter base
- Includes chess board, pieces, and rule sheet packaged in shrink wrapped store shelf retail box.
Top ReviewsA wonderfully well-thought out game of chess for 3 people!
by Lynne (5 out of 5 stars)
January 19, 2015
I bought this as a gift for an incredibly intelligent guy who finds just about everything too boring to be believed. His hobby is to teach youngsters how to play chess, so I thought he could use this with the two oldest of the youngsters to get to both of them at the same time. Wow. This was the hit of the Christmas Eve festivities! With the adults! Chess tourneys all through the night...for the next few days, he brought this set with him to play with his peers...never mind the kids. He tried (repeatedly) to explain to me why this game is so vastly superior to the "3-D" Trekkie Chess that was the rage a few years ago. Most of it went over my head but I did understand that this is an extremely well though-out game, the rules are clear. The pieces move in new ways that initially are unpredictable and enhances enjoyment of the game. So...yup...this was well worth the purchase.
A worthwhile variant
by m00nknight (5 out of 5 stars)
May 14, 2014
From my boardgamegeek.com review:
In my opinion, people who love the game of chess TEND to be chess-purists for whom tinkering with the system they have spent so much effort to master occurs as a reduction of the advantages they have fought to hold. However, I can heartily recommend this variation to you if you fall into any of the following 3 categories: 1.) You enjoy chess and are open to new ways of playing. 2.) You have already played other chess variants and enjoyed them. 3.) You know how the pieces move but want to even the playing field against players with more chess skill than you.
I'm not sure this game is well suited to players who don't have a ready familiarity with classical chess. I have found 3MC to be more open-ended and nebulous in its tactical and strategic options, and a player without much chess experience might well be overwhelmed.
The game has been well thought-out and the rules sheet (1 page, front and back!) has proven to be functionally inclusive of any and all situations I have encountered thus far in play, despite a slightly awkward presentation; it's as if you were looking at the designer's notes, unedited. The rules concerning the "moats" between opposing players' rooks are particularly crucial and a bit tricky- make sure you understand them comprehensively.
Don't underestimate how much different a round chess board is from a square one! The realized concepts of the void in the center of the board and the curving paths along the diagonals are extraordinarily innovative! Likewise, the fact that the rows of squares have become RINGS creates an extremely compelling departure from familiar chess. The lines denoting these curving paths will undoubtedly cause some peering which could strain the eyes a bit, but I'm not sure how they could be improved upon; if they were made brighter and more distinct from one another they would very likely create a much more distracting and confusing mess of the board's overall appearance.
The game is a bit broken in a limited sense. Simply put, if two of the players consistently work in tandem to defeat a third player, no amount of skill can likely prevent that player's defeat. However, the same can be said of ANY "cutthroat" game I can think of playing. In games of 3 Man Chess, temporary and momentary alliances form and shift which makes for very dynamic play, but there never seems to be an impulse for it to become entirely 2 against 1.
It could be considered a drawback that the player count must always be exactly 3. Also, one of the players will frequently have to wait while the remaining two finish. Overall, though, I have found the merits of this chess variant easily outweigh its shortcomings.
Lastly, I do think the price is a bit high for the components, but the board IS pretty cool and I have enjoyed it beyond my money's worth regardless. I wish it were named differently, because my opponents have often been women. :)
Free for all
by JRT (5 out of 5 stars)
October 19, 2017
awesome board game confusing at first but never the less awesome better then the 4 player chess because there's no dead ends in this one.. I love the fact that the say..the enemy of my enemy is my friend really applies here if you are a chess lover this is a must get won't regret it
A fun twist on an average game.
by Dhruv (5 out of 5 stars)
August 30, 2017
I love this item, it just makes you dizzy. Often times, you cannot play more than one game in one sitting, not because it is hard, but because of how incredibly complex and mind-bending this can be.
The only part i did not like about this game was the price. It is worth it, but I feel it puts the game out of the average amount people would pay for a board game.
I would reccomend this to buy. But be forwarned, you aren't buying a chess game, you are buying a whole new experience.
Bought as a graduation present.
by Tojo (5 out of 5 stars)
February 9, 2018
I bought this for my cusion who graduated high school just recently and he plays with his two other brothers and they love it. Not as big as I expected when it arrived but they have had no complaints.
This is a fun and enjoyable game
by JJ Clayborn (5 out of 5 stars)
September 15, 2017
This is a fun and enjoyable game. It takes a few minutes to learn the intricacies of the circular board, but it's very quick to learn. Having a third player introduces an entirely new dynamic, as does the hidden threats of the circular board. The tactics are subtly different.
for the chess lover who has everything
by concerned citizen (5 out of 5 stars)
December 29, 2012
My 14 year old step son received this for Christmas. He is an avid chess player and somewhat hard to buy for because he already has about everything. Even he was impressed by how unique this game is and the new twist it puts on the classic game.
It's a fantastic game and a beautiful board though
by Kevon Lindenberg (5 out of 5 stars)
December 22, 2016
The hardest part about this game is finding people to play. It's a fantastic game and a beautiful board though!
however I am certain he would love it if we played with him more often
by daddysmarie (5 out of 5 stars)
August 15, 2018
It was for my son. He is the only one in the family who really gets into chess, so we didn't use it much; however I am certain he would love it if we played with him more often.
This is a fun variation of chess.
by green (4 out of 5 stars)
February 15, 2018
It is entirely adequate. The pieces are plastic, the Board heavy cardboard, the finish is nice and the rules explain things well. From the picture I thought the board was wood so I was a little disappointed.
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