‘Chess – The Future Generation‘ – Paul Glover © 1990
These are only the additional rules:
- White and Gold play against Black and Silver
- White moves 1st, then Black followed by Gold and Silver, in that order at ALL times
- Chess pieces are set up as in regular chess on ‘A’ level and ‘D’ level at ALL times
- White and Black are set up on board level ‘A’ with the White Rook on Aa1
- Gold is set up on the bottom board on the right side of White (‘D’ level) Rook on Dh1
- Silver is set up on the bottom board on the right side of Black (‘D’ level)
- The queens are on their own color (ie. Black/Silver Queens are on a black square, White/Gold Queens are on a white square)
There is no checkmate but rather you must capture the King! This allows you to move into check with the understanding that YOUR King could be captured. Of course, Your Team Color hopefully can block the check! If a King is captured, play continues without that color in the sequence. That colors pieces remain on the board with no influence and can be captured as in regular chess. For example if Blacks King was captured, Black is out. In that case the other team will have two moves to your one move. It would White, Gold, Silver – White, Gold, Silver… Not a good situation to be in.
These are the two additional rules for this game:
- Movement to boards:In order for each colour to move to successive board levels, each player must first establish four pieces on the board level that is directly above/below the ‘starting’ level. WHITE for example, would have to have four of his own pieces on the ‘B’ level before he can progress to ‘C’ and/or ‘D’ levels. Similarly, BEIGE(or gold at the bottom) would have to have four of his own pieces on the ‘C’ level before he can move to ‘B’ and/or ‘A’ levels. Once this step has been accomplished, the four pieces are not required to remain on that level, nor does this step need repeating. So basically, once you have achieved 4 pieces, you announce to everyone, “I have my 4 pieces”.
- KNIGHT: … when it reaches the other side of it’s board or the opposite side of the general direction of it’s pieces on any level, it becomes a ‘Crowned Knight’ with a red checker piece put underneath it (or something that clearly shows that it is different). This enables it to also move like the shape of an ‘L’ right-side up or upside down. In other words, it can also now move one square forward, (or backwards, or the immediate left, or the immediate right) and down, or up, two squares. Therefore, if it was on level ‘A’, it could now move to level ‘C’ in addition to it’s regular moves. For example if the Crowned Knight was at square #Aa1, can now move to: Ac2, Ab3 (normal chess move) Bc1, Ba1 (normal uncrowned move as is mentioned in ‘Chess – The Next Generation’) Cb1, Ca2, these being the two new additional places it could move to, once Crowned. This is now the only very powerful strategic piece that can move 2 levels in one move. If it was in the middle of the board it can control 16 squares. This PIECE POINT value would now be worth 7 compared to 3 points before it was crowned.
It is very strongly recommended to use a white stone or object to indicate who’s move it is. In fact the move is NOT complete until the white stone is passed to the next player, which says: ‘That is my move!’ This is done because everyone can and will lose tract of who’s turn it is to play! It happens every time, someones says, “Who’s turn is it?”. This is because everyone is so into thought about their own move, they forget to check who is about to move. The object could be a coin but it’s too small to be noticed.
The Game takes about 5 times longer to play or 3.5 to 4.5 hours when compared to ‘Chess – The Next Generation’ or conventional 2D chess which takes only 30-45 mins.
I played one game where I played White and Gold and he played Black and Silver. The game took 8 hours (I used my ‘Crowned Knight‘ to get checkmate). That’s because I knew when playing White, what Gold was going to do. But when playing the game with 4 people (each having a color) and no talking/texting to your team player is aloud, you really don’t know what your team player is going to do. Then mistakes happen and the game ends in 3-4 hours. Sequence of play is very key to winning.
How To win: This game is all about Sequence and Playing as a Team!
No matter how good you are, the side that plays the best as a team, will win!
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 Future 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.
This is still chess! but it will give you a “brain-work-out” like you’ve never had one before!
This is, … The Ultimate Chess Challenge!