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A type of three-dimensional chess which is played on four superimposed boards. A man can move to any square vertical to that which could be occupied normally, but may not move into or across the vertical position of a pawn. The men are initially arrayed on the lowest board. The game was created in 1946 by Charles Beaty.

(An Illustrated Dictionary of Chess by Edward R. Brace, 1977 p. 289)

Submitted by James Trimm.
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