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The Chess Variant Pages



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

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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
game.

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.

Sincerely,
Yaron.<<<

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