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4-Way Chess: http://www.geocities.com/taurusgames01/
Taurus games offer a vinyl `mat' style board for four player chess (with a cross shaped board) for sale. The board can be rolled up, and washed. The set, currently for sale for 15 dollars plus 3 dollars shipping and handling, contains a rule book.
11 Nov 2005: Link updated. Old link was:
All the rules of regular chess apply. All the queens start on white squares. Partner's sit accross from each other. White moves first and play continues clockwise around the board with each player moving one piece per turn. To conquer an army you must actually capture its king. When a king is captured the rest of its army remains exactly where they are on the board and they become immobilized and cannot move, except they may only move to capture enemy pieces, including the enemy kings! Those pieces may also still be captured by the enemies. You may choose to pass rather than capture on any given turn after your king is captured. Capture both enemy kings to win the game! Since you must capture the enemy kings to win the standard rules for check and check-mate do not apply in this variation. Players should still announce check as a courtesy, but players are always free to move any piece they want on their turn, you do not have to get out of check, you can even move into check if you like to live on the edge! HAPPY GAMING!