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 By Ralph  Betza. Elevator Chess. Multiple boards with simultaneous games are linked through central elevator squares.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Anonymous wrote on 2010-09-19 UTCGood ★★★★
A problem: if the players have the move on two different boards, and both decides that they must wait for something on the other board to happen before moving on this one, is it a stalemate?

Daniil Frolov wrote on 2010-04-24 UTC
I like when chess, xiang-qi and shogi are played at the same time. How about this: on chess board square d4 corresponds to xq d5 and e5 and shogi d4, d5, e4 and e5; e4 corresponds to xq e5 and f5 and shogi e4, e5, f4 and f5; d5 corresponds to xq d6 and e6 and shogi d5, d6, e5 and e6; e5 corresponds to xq e6 and f6 and shogi e5, e6, f5 and f5; xiang-qi d5 corresponds to shogi d4 and d5; d6 corresponds to shogi d5 and d6; e5 corresponds to shogi e4 and e5; e6 corresponds to shogi e5 and e6; f5 corresponds to shogi f4 and f5; f6 corresponds to shogi f5 and f6?
Not as complicated as it sounds.

Sillyman wrote on 2006-10-05 UTCGood ★★★★
Great idea. Anyways, it would be interesting to have pieces which elevate through the windows...

Anonymous wrote on 2006-05-28 UTCExcellent ★★★★★

John Lawson wrote on 2002-05-01 UTC
Nerdy indeed!

I had envisioned something like 'Heads up! Bishop coming though!'  But the
clock runs while you're on your hands and knees under the table looking for
it, so restraint would be encouraged.

gnohmon wrote on 2002-05-01 UTC
Twisted Elevator Chess is a fine idea; and the name Twisted avoids the
nerdy connnotations of Helical. Note that a B going up one board changes
color, but regains its normal color if it returns to its original board. 

Clearance by elevator is something I didn't think of, but it's a fine
tactical element, and also perhaps a nice problem theme on the two-board

Hilarity by express elevator might work, but I doubt it. The only fair way
is to first announce to which board the piece is going (perhaps blindly)
and then get up from your seat with the clock running and carry it there.
If a collision occurs, same rule as always, you walk back to your own board
and replace the piece and then are free to make any. Express could pass
through blocked levels?

Or had you pictured the mechanics of express more like this: the player
picks up the piece, screams 'EXPRESS!!!', and then throws the piece in the
general direction of a teammate?

Peter Aronson wrote on 2002-04-30 UTCGood ★★★★
I could see times when you might send a piece up or down the elevator just to clear an attack lane.

John Lawson wrote on 2002-04-26 UTC
'Helical Elevator Chess' is more euphonious, and avoids the negative connotations of 'twisted'.

Jared wrote on 2002-04-26 UTCGood ★★★★
What if you had the setups on each successive board be rotated 90 degrees clockwise (or counter-clockwise)? You could call it 'Twisted Elevator Chess' or something.

John Lawson wrote on 2002-04-26 UTC
I wasn't actually being that logical. I was thinking that when a piece got in any elevator, the owner could say, 'This is the express elevator' and send the piece five or ten boards away, instead of one. Since it would only be used in large groups, which play would be social rather than serious, it might add to the general hilarity.

gnohmon wrote on 2002-04-26 UTC
Given that there are four elevator squares, two could be up, two could be down, two local, two express. However, I thought that the simplest rule would be the best.

John Lawson wrote on 2002-04-25 UTCGood ★★★★
If large teams were playing on many boards, like a tall skyscraper, there could be both local and express elevators.

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