The site has moved to a new server, and there are now some issues to fix. Please report anything needing fixing with a comment to the homepage.

The Chess Variant Pages

This page is written by the game's inventor, James Spratt.

Enter Your Reply

The Comment You're Replying To
James Spratt wrote on 2004-07-07 UTC
James Spratt is posting Yaron Gvili, programmer of the original Chess for
Three Game, comments re the new triangular version:
>>>Dear James,

Thank you for your email. Your chess work is interesting
and looks very professional. My connection to chess for
three started about 7 or 8 years ago. I implemented it
as a student, and as an active chess player. The game
itself is a patent by Jersy Luberda from Poland.
I will address the game in several manners. First, as a
piece of art, it looks very nice, especially due to the
closeness to regular chess. Second, the geometry of the
board is clean. Note that the Polish chess for three has
a 'hole' in the middle of the board, whereas your board
is complete. However, the back rows of the polish game
are easier to grasp. The pawns are far more powerful in
your version of the game than the polish one, as well as
the sliding pieces. Third, the winning goal of your game
is different than the polish one. A player's strategy in
your game would be to survive first and only then to
attack other sides. When two players battle, the third
one can wait and stay strong for the final attack. The
polish game takes a different approach. The first king
that is captured ends the game, and the winning side is
te one who captured him. Therefore, each player must
defend 3 kings and attack 2. This seems to create more
opportunity for complications in the development of the

I wish you all the best and good luck with your game.
I would be happy to hear if there is interest in your
chess variants.


Edit Form

Comment on the page Chess for Three

Quick Markdown Guide

By default, new comments may be entered as Markdown, simple markup syntax designed to be readable and not look like markup. Comments stored as Markdown will be converted to HTML by Parsedown before displaying them. This follows the Github Flavored Markdown Spec with support for Markdown Extra. For a good overview of Markdown in general, check out the Markdown Guide. Here is a quick comparison of some commonly used Markdown with the rendered result:

Top level header: <H1>

Block quote

Second paragraph in block quote

First Paragraph of response. Italics, bold, and bold italics.

Second Paragraph after blank line. Here is some HTML code mixed in with the Markdown, and here is the same <U>HTML code</U> enclosed by backticks.

Secondary Header: <H2>

  • Unordered list item
  • Second unordered list item
  • New unordered list
    • Nested list item

Third Level header <H3>

  1. An ordered list item.
  2. A second ordered list item with the same number.
  3. A third ordered list item.
Here is some preformatted text.
  This line begins with some indentation.
    This begins with even more indentation.
And this line has no indentation.

Alt text for a graphic image

A definition list
A list of terms, each with one or more definitions following it.
An HTML construct using the tags <DL>, <DT> and <DD>.
A term
Its definition after a colon.
A second definition.
A third definition.
Another term following a blank line
The definition of that term.