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3D Set Photographs

Pictured below is a three-dimensional chess set that I own. It was bought in 1997 at a toy store in Georgetown (Washington DC) for 40 USD (this was several months before I discovered ebay, and 3D chess sets were hard to find. Also, we were on family vacation and I got my mom to pay for it). The set came with no instructions, no pieces, and no box. The pieces are from a cheap travel set made by Cardinal Games, which I bought for about 7 USD a set at a toy store; the king is 3" (7cm) high. I used the board from this set for my Proteus Dice Chess photos. (I've bought nicer pieces since these photos were made, but I no longer have access to a digital camera).

The board itself is made of three clear plexiglass panels, which have black squares painted on them. The 'white' squares are simply left clear then, so that you can see through them. The supporting columns are all-thread rods, which are inserted through clear plastic tubes, which actually support the boards. The all-thread rods are then held in place on either end by cap-nuts. The board is very easily assembled and disassembled.

The squares are fairly small - about 1-3/16" (3.1cm) on a side - so the board is not large enough to use with Exchess or Omega Chess pieces. Overall the board is just under 10" (25cm) square, and stands 11-1/2" (29cm) high, not counting the additional space needed for pieces on top. The distance between boards is about 5-1/8" (13cm), which gives plenty of room to reach in with your hand and move the pieces, if none of them are taller than 3". Each of the plexiglass boards is about 1/8" (.4cm) thick.

In the second pic, the board is set up for an actual game of Millenium 3D Chess (TM) that I played by email with the inventor, William D'Agostino. In the other pics, the board is simply set up with 2 standard chess sets for no game in particular. That's me in the second-to-last pic. In the final pic you can see the board completely disassembled.

Empty Board
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3D Millenium Game
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Side View
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Top-down View
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From Black's Viewpoint
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Close Up
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Ben and Set
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Disassembled Boards
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Written by Benjamin Good. Photographs taken by Benjamin Good and Benedict J Raia on Tuesday, April 30, 2002. Canon Powershot A20 digital camera provided by Benedict J Raia.
WWW page created: August 12, 2002.