Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Pip's Three-Handed Chess
Pip's Three-Handed Chess is a chess variant for three players played using a standard square chess board. It is played as a series of at least two games, in which the winner is the first player to mate each opponent in a game.
Standard chess rules apply, with the following exceptions or clarifications:
- Pawns must go forward in the direction they originally face.
- Castling is not allowed.
- Pawns only move one space at a time.
- Match ends when a player checkmates each of his opponents. Games are reset after each checkmate.
- Checkmate is official on the mated player’s turn, not when it is first made (if there is a player between the player mating and the player being mated, he may choose to "unmate" the player).
- Players alternate the order of turns each game, starting clockwise.
- Players rotate board sides each game clockwise.
- If a player puts an opponent in checkmate, then another opponent puts the same player in checkmate (either a different checkmate or "adding to" the checkmate), then the first player to put the opponent in checkmate gets credit for the win.