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It was last modified on: 2017-10-20
 Author: Hans L. Bodlaender and Fergus  Duniho. Inventor: Andrew  Bartmess. Tridimensional Chess (Star Trek). Three-dimensional chess from Star Trek. (x7, Cells: 64) (Recognized!)[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Francis Maxino wrote on 2002-12-28 UTCGood ★★★★
It would be wonderful if the full rules of tri-dimensional chess could be
explained in more detail, from experimentation it appears highly plausible
that it is possible to play it as a serious game.

Seamus wrote on 2003-04-10 UTCGood ★★★★
In your diagram illustrating the possible rook moves, two of the 
moveable boards are not above or below corners. It's implied from
your written description that the moveable boards can only occupy
spaces above or below corner squares of the 4x4 boards. Is this a
mistake or have I misunderstood something?

Anonymous wrote on 2003-05-13 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
thanx i've been looking 4 the board an rules 4 ages. ta very much!!!!

joe wrote on 2003-05-18 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
I have always wanted this chess board and would like too buy it.Where could a player find this game? On the net or some store.I am in ST.Louis Mo & your web page is very helpfull in undrestanding the rules & the lay out of the game.Any help would be [email protected]

matrixman wrote on 2003-05-20 UTCGood ★★★★
make one !!!!!!!!!

Uri Bruck wrote on 2003-07-14 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
For rules written by Anderw Bartmess, same person who wrote them for the
Poster Book, look here:

David wrote on 2003-09-29 UTCExcellent ★★★★★

just found your site, i was looking a round the web to find out the value
of my star trek chess set, i payed way to much for it when the franklin
mint put it out. i have it still sitting in the box it was shipped to me
in. anyone interested in buying it send me an offer at
[email protected]


Dick Johnson wrote on 2003-12-13 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
Thank you!! This is just what I had been looking for. These seem to go for around $200 in excellent conidition on eBay so I've been thinking of building my own...

Carolyn wrote on 2003-12-19 UTCExcellent ★★★★★

           THANK YOU FRANKLIN MINT  *********



Trekie boy wrote on 2004-08-05 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
This site is great. The way to set up the board is almost like getting a
rule book for free!


    The current price for a set NOW as of 2004 is about $250-350 in a good
condition - very good condition.

     You can get some good high gloss gold paint and buy a cheep set/set
peices, then use a toner like used on a car let set for a day or 2 the
paint gold(smooth side to side strokes work well for the king to look
Also check ebay because i see peices all the time. If you shop smart, you
can get a good set rather cheap. 


                          (The other site on how to build a chess set is
also very good if you do not have a lot of money to waste on a set you can
build one for about $20-30)(I built one following the instructions a the


                           LIVE LONG AND PROSPER

Nikjagr wrote on 2004-12-25 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
I cannot complain about the quality of this site, as I had no idea what to
do with the board before I got it.  I like the Star Trek movies, but I've
never been a real fan of any of the shows, so the only place I'd ever seen
one of these tables was in the window of the Franklin Mint store.  

All of a sudden, for Christmas 04 I get one of these from the Franklin
Mint; certificate and everything from my neighbor.  I cannot believe that
she spent that much money on me for Christmas.  If she did, then I am
absolutely flattered.  $200 plus dollars?   Insane!  

I have to admit that it is really cool lookin'.   I just wish it didn't
have the Star Trek logo as I am a huge Star Wars fan, and never the twain
shall meet.  

My only complaint about the site is that if the moveable boards are
supposed to be able to connect to the bottom or the top of any of the
stationary boards, then why do they slip out so easily from underneathe? 
I can't get those pieces to stick in like that.  Especially if there was
the weight from any of the pieces on them.  And one can't say it's
because the pieces aren't well made, because Franklin Mint prides
themselves on precision, and wouldn't put a piece on their shelf if it
didn't serve its function properly.     Go Star Wars.

mats wrote on 2005-07-14 UTCExcellent ★★★★★

Chris P wrote on 2006-01-02 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
I note that this page offers a variation of the Tournament rules of in that this page's
variation starts the King & Queen in a different position than does the
Tournament version of the rules.  Also here is allowed the movement of an
attack board under White's [home] Board.  Not complaining, just

Hawk wrote on 2006-01-10 UTCGood ★★★★
I just built a 3D chess board for my son and me. I used this page to help me set up the peices. Plus the rules you have will help me play the game thanks alot.

dale wrote on 2006-04-02 UTCGood ★★★★
hard-liners & trekites & trekers are very pleased with this. thank-you very much. all the best. dale.

Amanda Ryals wrote on 2007-03-24 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
Very helpful. I will be consturcting one of my own soon. Thank you.

Mike FItzpatrick wrote on 2007-06-13 UTCExcellent ★★★★★

Gitimus wrote on 2007-11-09 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
I Thought The Game Is Good Fun. I may have taken hours to play but at least
the game is challanging(With a few minor modifications to the rules).

My mate and I build one out of wood and now my most of my year like
playing the game.

Zinab Fincham wrote on 2007-11-21 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
Just come nto possession of the 3-d chess set ... thought I knew chess!
Thank you so much for enlightening me!!!

Anonymous wrote on 2008-01-11 UTCAverage ★★★

Trek Girl wrote on 2009-03-15 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
I have a GENUINE STAR TREK Tridimensional Chess Set made by FRANKLIN MINT.
I want to sell it. Does anyone know how much it is worth and where you can sell it.

[email protected]

Flowerman wrote on 2010-03-05 UTCGood ★★★★
I like this game, but it will be hard to make board... Isn't there game,
created by 'Star Wars' fans? There also was shown chess variant: in
'Episode IV, A New Hope' C-3PO and Chewbaca played game on circular
board, where some wild space creatures were pieces :). By the way, it would
be interesting to remember different chess games, wich was showwn in films
or described books, and when thinked up, like this:

Jaymes wrote on 2012-01-30 UTCGood ★★★★
nice page & links ... but I just wanted to let you know that your diagram for the 'Starting positions' is incorrect, the K & Q need to exchange places with the K's and begin the game on the attack boards ( King & Queen's levels)

Norman Powell wrote on 2012-06-09 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
Clear explanations, excellent site with all the information I required.

Congratulations and thank you.

I think I have spotted one minor error.

I think that there is an error with the last diagram which shows the moves:
The path of the lower white castle should go over the far to squares of the movable/attach board, not the nearest two as shown.

Many thanks,


Steve Linnell wrote on 2018-02-18 UTCGood ★★★★

Just a small update on the post by Jaymes. Taking the picture shown in the article for the starting position, the left hand side is the Queens side and the right hand side is the Kings side. The Kings and Queens should be on the movable levels next to the Rooks (or Castles). The back rank on the top and bottom levels should have the Knights at each side with the two Bishops on the centre ranks. At least, this is the setup shown in the pamphlet I got with my official Star Trek Tridimensional Chess Set almost 30 years ago.

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