Posts Tagged ‘3D’

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:

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