‘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. This also applies to and is explained here too, the new game “3D Chess960″.
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. There is an advantage to playing the bottom board level. In the above picture Black is on the bottom. That player is forced to look through the top board level and will see more options at a quick glance and that is an advantage! — It should be noted that your light source should be coming from the left or right side of the game to prevent looking through reflections.
Print the rules for 3D Chess — The Next Generation and please view the pictures below to help explain the game. Also to be considered are the rules for “en passent” or “3D en passent”. Click on the pictures below for a larger view of the details.
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).
|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.
|Same as king.
(If on Ad2, it controls 9 squares directly below it on B)
|Can move to or capture one square directly below or above the square on which it is sitting.
(eg. Aa1 controls/captures Ba1)
|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: Ac1 — Bb1, Bb2, Bc2, bd1, Bd2)
|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)
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).
|If on Ae2, controls/captures
|17 squares, & on Ae4 → the same
|If on Ae2, ’ ’
|32 squares, & on ’ ’ 36 squares
|If on Ae2, ’ ’
|17 squares, & on ’ ’ 21 squares
|If on Ae2, ’ ’
|15 squares, & on ’ ’ __ the same
|If on Ae3, ’ ’
|12 squares, & on ’ ’ __ the same
|If on Ae2, ’ ’
|04 squares, & on ’ ’ __ the same
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):
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.
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.