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Three Player Chess

Three player Chess on a hexagonal board, played with just the same rules as standard 2 player chess but adjusted to take account of the hexagonal board. The game is not a gimmick; it's a really interesting version of Chess that enables an extra player to play.

The extra rules are minimal but the hexagonal nature of the board does bend your mind:

  • When a pieces that moves diagonally reaches the middle point of the board, it can travel in one of two directions.
  • The first King must be actually taken rather than just checkmated. The owner of the first King can move even while in a checkmate position.

The ramifications of of the hexagonal board turn out to be pretty fascinating, once you've understood the way that pieces move through the middle point. For instance:

  • Having a temporary ally can be more important than having a good position. Two poorer players can gang up on the better player so the better player is not always guaranteed to win.
  • An exchange of pieces is usually a bad idea. If you exchange pieces with another player, the 3rd player is now a piece up!
  • The value of the diagonally moving pieces is somewhat increased as they threaten more squares than on the traditional chessboard. So one could perhaps argue that the exchange of a Bishop for a Knight is less viable.
  • The rule that the first King must be taken exists because of the interesting possibility that the 3rd player might do something that enables a King to actually escape from a checkmate...

The 3 player chess boards are made from a stained hardwood as are the pieces. They are folding and hinged with storage trays inside so that, when closed, they form a storage container for the pieces. There are two metal catches to keep the box closed. The game is not an inlaid, high quality item but is nicely made and will be a fascinating talking point.

The larger 3 player chess set has a 8.5cm (3.5 inch) King; it measures 54cm from point to point across the board. The standard 3 player chess set has a a 6cm (2 & 1/4 inch) high King. The standard version measures 40.5cm from point to point across the board. Pieces are Red, White and the dark colour to match the board. Rules are included.

 




















 

Large 3 player Chess set - 54cm board WITHOUT edge numbers (brown, white and red pieces)

Large 3 player Chess set - 54cm board WITHOUT edge numbers (brown, white and red pieces)Large 3 player Chess set - 54cm board WITHOUT edge numbers (brown, white and red pieces)
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Large 3 player Chess set - 54cm board WITHOUT edge numbers (brown, white and red pieces)


Apologies - out of stock. Date new stock due: 10 Jul 2019. Email us to be notified when new stock arrives.

Ref: 00110R

Was: £46.90

£43.90

£36.58 (Ex.VAT)

ETA: 1 working day + transit time


 
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  • 3 player chess is simple to learn and great fun to play
  • This is the largest version of the product in brown white and red
  • The extra rules are minimal but the hexagonal nature of the board does bend your mind
  • Board is stained hardwood and folds to form a practical storage container for the pieces
  • High quality interested chess board that is guaranteed to interest all who see it

Amazing! Three player Chess on a hexagonal board. Triple chess is played with just the same rules as standard 2 player chess but adjusted to take account of the hexagonal board. The game is not a gimmick; it's a really interesting version of Chess that enables an extra player to play.

The extra rules are minimal but the hexagonal nature of the board does bend your mind:

When a piece that moves diagonally reaches the middle point of the board, it can travel in one of two directions.
The first King must be actually taken rather than just checkmated. The owner of a King can move even while in a checkmate position.
The ramifications of of the hexagonal board turn out to be pretty fascinating, once you've understood the way that pieces move through the middle point. For instance:

  • Having a temporary ally can be more important than having a good position. Two poorer players can gang up on the better player so the better player is not always guaranteed to win.
  • An exchange of pieces is usually a bad idea. If you exchange pieces with another player, the 3rd player is now a piece up!
  • The value of the diagonally moving pieces is somewhat increased as they threaten more squares than on the traditional chessboard. So one could perhaps argue that the exchange of a Bishop for a Knight is less viable.
  • The rule that the first King must be taken exists because of the interesting possibility that the 3rd player might do something that enables a King to actually escape from a checkmate...

The 3 player chess boards are made from a stained hardwood as are the pieces. They are folding and hinged with storage trays inside so that, when closed, they form a storage container for the pieces. There are two metal catches to keep the box closed. The game is not an inlaid, high quality item but is nicely made and will be a fascinating talking point.

Note that our version of this game does not feature notation - there are no numbers around the board edge.

Pieces are Red, White and the dark colour to match the board. Rules are included.

Approx. Dimensions:

54 x 54cm point to point across board. 2.1kg. 8.5cm King
21.3x21.3 inch point to point across board. 4lb, 10oz. 3.3 inch King
















 

Medium 3 player Chess set - 40cm board WITHOUT edge numbers (brown, white and red pieces)

Medium 3 player Chess set - 40cm board WITHOUT edge numbers (brown, white and red pieces)Medium 3 player Chess set - 40cm board WITHOUT edge numbers (brown, white and red pieces)
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Medium 3 player Chess set - 40cm board WITHOUT edge numbers (brown, white and red pieces)


Apologies - out of stock. Date new stock due: 10 Jul 2019. Email us to be notified when new stock arrives.

Ref: 00110W

Was: £35.90

£29.99

£24.99 (Ex.VAT)

ETA: 1 working day + transit time


 
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  • 3 player chess is simple to learn and great fun to play
  • This is the mid-sized version of the product in brown white and red
  • The extra rules are minimal but the hexagonal nature of the board does bend your mind
  • Board is stained hardwood and folds to form a practical storage container for the pieces
  • High quality item that looks great and will be a fascinating talking point

3 player chess may look bewildering but it is simple to learn for anyone who knows the rules of standard Chess and is great fun.

3 player chess has the same rules as standard 2 player chess but adjusted to take account of the hexagonal board. The game is not a gimmick; it's a really interesting version of Chess that enables an extra player to play.

The extra rules are minimal but the hexagonal nature of the board does stretch your mind:

When a piece that moves diagonally reaches the middle point of the board, it can travel in one of two directions.
The first King must be actually taken rather than just checkmated. The owner of a King can move even while in a checkmate position.
The extension of the game to the hexagonal board turn out to be pretty fascinating, once you've understood the way that pieces move through the middle point. For instance:

  • Having an ally can be more important than having a good position. Two poorer players can gang up on the better player so the better player is not always guaranteed to win.
  • An exchange of pieces is usually a bad idea. If you exchange pieces with another player, the 3rd player is now a piece up!
  • The value of the diagonally moving pieces is somewhat increased as they threaten more squares than on the traditional chessboard. So one could perhaps argue that the exchange of a Bishop for a Knight is less viable.
  • The rule that the first King must be taken exists because of the interesting possibility that the 3rd player might do something that enables a King to actually escape from a checkmate...

Medium size 3 player chess boards are made from a stained hardwood as are the pieces. They are folding and hinged with storage trays inside so that, when closed, they form a storage container for the pieces. There are two metal catches to keep the box closed. The game is not an inlaid, high quality item but is nicely made and will be a fascinating talking point.

Pieces are Red, White and the dark colour to match the board. Rules are included.

Approx. Dimensions:

40.5 x 40.5cm point to point across the board. 1.5kg. 6cm high king
15.9x15.9 inch point to point across the board. 3lb, 5oz. 2.4 inch high king
















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