3D Chess (2 boards)

CHESS – THE NEXT GENERATION‘ of players as well as long time players, will find themselves moving into the future with this traditional game. This exciting game relies on all the regular instructions for chess. However because of the dimensional factor, there is a need for additional instructions as to how the pieces move dimensionally. This set of instructions explains only the dimensional movement of the pieces.

TWO PLAYERS: when the game is played with two players, there are two game boards of 15 x15 inches (38 x 38 cm) each, one on top of the other, and approximately 51/2 inches (14 -15 cm) apart. The top game board is labeled “A”, and the bottom board is “B”. The WHITE chess pieces are set up on level “A” or “B” (which ever he or she wants) in the traditional manner as in regular chess. Then the BLACK pieces are set up in the traditional manner as in regular chess but on the other board level. Therefore if WHITE is on board level “B” then BLACK will be on level “A”. When you switch colours for the 2nd or more games, the person now playing WHITE has the choice of board levels.

MOVEMENT: All movement of chess pieces on any one board level remains the same as in regular chess. The movement from one board level to another is as follows (see also diagrams on this website).

KING Can move to or capture all squares one square away from it
(either diagonally or straight up and down), one level below or above the square on which it is currently sitting.
QUEEN Same as king.
(If on Ad2, it controls 9 squares directly below it on B)
ROOK Can move to or capture one square directly below or above the square on which it is sitting.
(eg. Aa1 controls/captures Ba1)
BISHOP Movement similar to that of the king except it cannot move directly above or below
the square on which it is sitting (opposite to a rook). This dimensional movement allows
the bishop to move on an ‘angle’, to/or capture a white or black square.
(Opening: Ac1Bb1, Bb2, Bc2, bd1, Bd2)
KNIGHT Moves like an “L” dimensionally. Therefore, it moves one square down or up from the square on which it is sitting followed by movement two squares forward, (sideways or backwards).
(eg. Ab1 controls/captures Bb3, Bd1)
PAWN
  • Pawns on their original squares on level “A” have the option of advancing one or two squares on level “B“. It thus mirrors a pawn’s opening move in regular chess.
    (Aa2Ba3, Ba4, opening the rook file)
  • Can move to the squares directly below or above the square on which it is sitting.
    Down or up does NOTconstitute a backward movement.
  • Can advance down diagonally straightforward on the file or advance up diagonally straightforward. (Ba4Aa5)
  • Can capture diagonally forward, left or right of the square that it is on, one level below or above it. (Ba4 x Bb5, or Ab5)
  • Upon reaching the opposite side of the board on any level, can be promoted to Queen, etc., and is distinguished as such for eg., by putting a red checker piece underneath it.
  • Dimensional en passant capture
    eg. When a WHITE pawn (Ab2) has finally advanced three squares on level
    A” (Ab5), and the BLACK pawn on level “A” (either Aa7 or
    Ac7) tries to pass by moving two squares forward (Ba5 or Bc5),
    then the WHITE pawn must capture or not at all on the next move (Ab5 x Ba5 &
    occupies Ba6 -or- Ab5 x Bc5 & occupies Bc6).
    Also: if (Ab2) has finally advanced three squares (Bb5) & (Aa7)
    tries to pass on level “A” (Aa5), then (Bb5 x Aa5 & occupies Aa6 etc.).

 

How long does it take to play a game of ‘Chess – The Next Generation’? It takes the same amount of time as it would to play a regular game of chess on 1 flat board. In-fact, it takes about the same number of moves as well. Here’s a 3D chess Table.
So, Why play ‘3D Chess’ or 3D Games?  

Due to the dimensional factor of this game, the bishop is more powerful.
The chart below and the games played out here, shows that the bishop is
more flexible, covers more area, and therefore worth six points.
The rook is most effective for backing up and protecting (and on a level).

PIECE: POINTS:
KING:   If on Ae2,     controls/captures 17 squares, & on Ae4  →  the same
QUEEN: 9   If on Ae2,     ‘  ‘ 32 squares, & on   ‘  ‘   36 squares
BISHOP: 6   If on Ae2,     ‘  ‘ 17 squares, & on   ‘  ‘   21 squares
ROOK: 4   If on Ae2,     ‘  ‘ 15 squares, & on   ‘  ‘   __ the same
KNIGHT: 3   If on Ae3,     ‘  ‘ 12 squares, & on   ‘  ‘   __ the same
PAWN: 1   If on Ae2,     ‘  ‘ 04 squares, & on   ‘  ‘   __ the same

3D Chess Table3D Chess Table

How to Build or Make a 3D Chess Game Board

Ok, so perhaps you want to play but realize you need to build your own game before playing. Here’s the complete “build your own game page“. The larger pictures are at Flickr. So here are some of the pictures (Put the erasers down 1st, bottom board on erasers):

Put erasers down 1st , then the bottom 3D Chess Board.

1st step to building your own 3D Chess Board Game.

Slide the wine or Tealight holder base under the bottom board.

2nd step: Slide the wine or Tealight holder base under the bottom board.

 

Place a clear top board on the wine glasses so they line up with your bottom board.

3rd step: Place a clear top board on the wine glasses so they line up with your bottom board.

 

White gets to choose to be on the bottom or top board. Black is on the other board level.

White gets to choose to be on the bottom or top board. Black is on the other board level.

There! You are now ready to start playing a game. There is a faster way to set a 3D Chess game on the other page. Just scroll down to near the bottom.

How to make a clear top chess board

  • Find a piece of clear glass or clear plastic that is the same size or larger than your regular chess board.
  • Place or lay the glass on top of your regular chess board.
  • Now use a marker to trace out where the squares are -or- Use Masking Tape and cut squares from the tape to match the Black squares of your regular chess board.
  • Of course you could just get a 2nd chess board and use wine glasses to support it, then you would have your 3D chess game ready in 3 minutes or less!

Put all the above together and Watch a game from start to Checkmate in 14 moves.


Now for a 3D view of the game.
You’ll need those ‘3D red/cyan glasses‘.
3D Chess (in 3D)

Something to Think-about . . .

When playing regular chess (or 2D flat 1 board chess), you only have a certain amount of good opening moves to make. Some moves are bad moves or losing moves. However you must move the pawns to get things in motion (except the knights). Therefore, you are limited to what you can play as a good bunch (1st five moves) of opening moves!

However, when playing 3D Chess (or “Chess – The Next Generation”), you have 16 possible opening moves! There is also an incredible number of opening combinations (1st five moves) that would never have existed in regular 2D chess. Plus it’s more exciting from the very 1st move.

Your opponent will not know what you are trying to do. Remember, it takes the same number of moves and time to play as in regular 2D chess, just more exciting.