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3D Chess960 (Fischer Random Chess)

We all know what Chess960 is (on wikipedia, … which it goes on to say, ”
Fischer’s goal was to eliminate what he considered the complete dominance of openings preparation in classical chess, replacing it with creativity and talent. … Fischer believed that eliminating memorized book moves would level the playing field.”). The game is gaining in popularity but some might say why change or, there could be problems with the new. Those questions are dealt with at

So with the above thought in mind, how would that apply to 3D Chess? It would be called ‘3D Chess960’. It would be the same as Chess960 but it would be played on two boards as seen in the other posts below. There would still be 16 opening moves (that does not exist in regular 2D or on flat board game) but without the predefined possible classic openings.

The game would officially be called ‘Chess960 – The Next Generation’ (based on ‘Chess – The Next Generation‘) The game would look like this:

The pieces have already been placed randomly.

Take a look at the box being opened up and then the whole game being put together (sped-up).


8 move checkmate, in 3D Chess

8 moves to checkmate - 3D chess

The above picture is a total of 8 moves to checkmate.

So it takes double the amount of moves to achieve the same thing in a flat board (2D game). However, the entire 3D game still takes the same number of moves and time to complete. Here are the 8 moves (A = top board, B = bottom board):

Be2-Be3     white centre pawn moves 1 square
Bb1-Bc3     white knight moves out
Bb2-Bb3     white pawn moves 1 square
Bc1-Ba3     white bishop moves out – future defense
Bd1-Bf3     white Queen moves out
O-O-O        Queen side castle
Bd2-Ad4    pawn opens the door, rook prevents the King from dropping down
Bf3-Bf8++  Checkmate!

I wanted to do a live-stream video or a pre-recorded video of a 3D chess game being played out, but there were problems and I hope someone can figure them out or come with some solutions. Here’s the problems:

  1. The glass top board has reflections (difficult to see through – that can be resolved)
  2. It’s recorded in 2D and viewer loses depth of field, therefore it looks confusing
This is what I mean by the above problems. Here is the above 8 moves in a 2 minute video:

Quick Visual Rules – 3D Chess

I’m sure there are many like me who say, “I don’t want to read a book on how to play the game, just quickly show me how“. So this 2min YouTube video will do just that. Enjoy!

Chess – The Next Generation

Remember, all you need is some glass / plastic over top of your regular chess board to begin playing. It could be supported by books or anything. You could use tape to mark out where the squares are. It’s that easy. Of course you might want to print a visual set of rules to remind yourself of the dimensional movement for each piece.

Link to a printable visual set of rules for 3D Chess.

Link to a printable visual set of rules for 3D Chess.

Don’t forget to tell me how it all turns out. Just post them here.

The Best Setup for 1 Game of 3D Chess

I have personally found, that after playing many games of 3D Chess (Chess – The Next Generation), the best way to set up the board for just one game (as a-pose-to playing 3 games with the same person), would be to set the game up as seen in the picture below. This is also the better set up as it prevents a corner attack early in the game. Also, I found that the person who is just starting out in 3D chess, he should set up his pieces on the bottom board which forces him to look through the top board. In this way he is always aware of another board for his pieces to move to. This will allow him the full enjoyment of this dimensional game.

I am the inventor of this 3D Chess Game (with copyright from Washington DC) and I’m all about making the game work with out a flaw. Everyone knows that even if there is just a slight flaw or a loop-hole to the game, it is suddenly no fun and the game stops being played.

This is still “Chess”. It just has another board and it helps you to think outside the box. You won’t know how fun it is until you try it for your self (It takes a couple of games). Of course it should be noted that WHITE could be on top because that would be determined by the one who is playing white (then of course, BLACK would be on the bottom board).

Best board set-up for 1 game of 3D Chess.

It could also be decided upon ahead of time, that this is the way to set-up the game for a tournament.

Whats the Value in playing Chess / or similar games?

Chess is the most widely known game and the most studied game in the world. There have been literally thousands of scientific studies concerning this game. For example:

‘TEACHER’S GUIDE: RESEARCH AND BENEFITS OF CHESS’ lists some of the studies. At the bottom of the above link, it shows:

-develops memory
-improves concentration
-develops logical thinking
-promotes imagination and creativity
-teaches independence
-develops the capability to predict and
    foresee consequences of actions
-inspires self-motivation
-shows that success rewards hard work
-develops the scientific way of thinking
-improves schoolwork and grades
-is cheap
-is FUN!
Chess is Everything!

The site below talks about ADHD, ADD, and dyslexia and how the game of chess helped.

It goes into an incrediable amount information and other links

At-any-rate, the reason I’m writing this is because if chess is that good, how much more so, when playing 3D Chess on two levels. It’s not difficult. In fact it’s easier to play and takes the same amount of moves/time to play. At the same time though, it teaches someone to think dimensionally or spacial thinking. After all the world is in 3D. These studies would therefore also apply in part to other similar games such as Checkers and Shogi. I have a website that shows these games in 3D: or buy my book (10xx) which goes into much detail on how to play these games and others in 3D: (where I’m known as 3dPaul).

Believe me, I’m not saying this just for the fun of it. But the above information really works. Others have said, after playing a few games in 3D, they did not want to go back to a regular flat board. You don’t have to be a master at these games to reap the rewards as mentioned in the list above.

Give it a try.

Getting Feedback from Viewers/Players

You know alot of people read my page on 3D Chess – The Next Generation. In fact I’ve been watching and it seems that it is about between 7 and 15 visits to the above link every day. But what I’ve been wondering, does anyone play the game or are they just looking? I was wondering how I might get feed back?  I have noticed that the military from all over the world have looked at the page and Universities and Schools through out North America along with those who are hidden have come to that page. Is it benifiting anyone? It’s not difficult to set up nor time consuming to play (45min). In fact it is quite exciting to play. So how does one get feedback as to what they think of the game etc.?

Would anyone out there have any suggestions? I have already posted a poll with 5 responses since Feb.2007 and a ‘rate-this-page’ click a star 1-5 with three clicks.  Perhaps I’m not the only one or may be I’m going about all wrong. 

Thinking that perhaps it was to difficult to understand, I created another page that shows how the game is played visually. Perhaps they don’t read english. In that case it would be best done by the use of pictures which covers everybodys language.

Well, I can’t think of anything else to say. So if someone has a comment, I look forward to reading it.

Google or Yahoo

Google is not good for me any more. I use to be #1 on the 1st page, but they change their algorithm WEEKLY.

So now I tell people go to Yahoo and type in ‘3D Chess’ I am about #9 on the 1st page.  If you type in:  ‘3D Chess Rules’   I am #1 on the 1st page.

A search engine should be consistant so that you can tell people how to find the information.

I guess I should quickly update these statements (Aug.2007). Back in late July I figured out that google does not like FLASH and/or IFRAMES. By doing a *test* on the server side for a search engine robot. Let the robot see what it want to see, *ELSE* show flash and iframes to people. That about says it in a nutshell because now if you type in ’3D Chess Rules’ in google I am back on the 1st page and in about #4 position. Which is still very good in my opinion.

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