How to play 3 Man Chess

Learn the rules to the 3 player chess game 3 Man Chess quickly and concisely – This video has no distractions, just the rules. The rules are the same as regular chess, except for these changes. For a refresher of those rules, check out this video:

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The object of the game is to checkmate both opponent’s Kings. Setup the pieces along the 2 outside rows of the board with each player’s pieces setup in between the green lines. Ensure that all the kings are placed on white spaces. White goes first then play proceeds clockwise with gray, then black.

The center of the board may only be passed through, it is not a space that can be occupied. Pieces may move straight through the center, to the other side. The adjoining vertical squares, through the center, maintain the same color. The Knight will also retain the same color if it moves through the center. To move a piece diagonally through the center, follow the trajectory lines out from the square to the other side. You can capture pieces on the other side of the center or move through it, following the line.

When a piece follows a diagonal trajectory line to the outer row of the board, that piece may not “turn the corner” and continue moving in 1 consecutive move, it must wait until the next turn before it can continue the trajectory.

Pieces may move vertical across spaces and through the center, or horizontally around the board on the same row. When moving a knight through the center, do not follow the trajectory lines. Whenever you move a knight, the knight must move 2 squares vertically then 1 square horizontally, or 1 square vertically then 2 horizontally. This process of movement is necessary to maintain when dealing with moats.

The thick green lines that boarder each team on the outer row are called ‘MOATS’. No piece can CHECK an opponent’s King through a moat, no matter what. No piece may travel across a moat, horizontally OR diagonally, unless the moat is “Bridged”. A piece may momentarily bridge a moat if its move across the moat doesn’t result in the capture of a piece or puts an opponent’s king in check. But, if a player is eliminated, then both of its Moats are permanently bridged for all pieces. Also, once an active player vacates their outer row of all their pieces, even if they bring them back later, then their moats are also permanently bridged.

If either configuration of a KNIGHT’S move would carry it Horizontally across a Moat, without that knight being able to bridge the moat, then that move is illegal and may not be done.

The thinner green lines above moats that run for 2 spaces are called “CREEKS”. Pawns may not capture across a creek on their own side of the board. They must advance to the space beyond the end of the CREEK first, on the 4th row from the outside, before they can capture in that direction. Once a pawn crosses the center, it no longer observe creeks.

A team’s CHECKMATE status is not finalized until it is their turn, unless their King is captured.
If a King’s position is so unfortunate whereas the next team’s move creates a CHECK by the following team, then that following team may capture that King if they wish. If they do, they are then considered CHECKMATED.

When player is CHECKMATED, that player is eliminated from the game but all their pieces remain on the board. These pieces do not move, they cannot check a king, and you may not pass a piece through them. If you wish to occupy a space with an eliminated player’s piece on it, then you must capture that piece.

If a player can not make a legal move, called a stalemate, and 3 players are still in, then that player is considered checkmated and eliminated from the game. If there are only 2 players during a stalemate, then the game is a draw.

Otherwise, the game continued between until only one player remains, then that player is the winner. Also, if you checkmate both opponent’s simultaneously, then you win.


  1. If you vacate your back row, even if you move your pieces back again, your moats are permanently bridged. So you essentially bridge one common moat for the other two opponents by default? Do the creeks that flow over rows two and three disappear when the coinciding bridge gets built? I envision a lot of arguing each game over rules. "You can't move there!" "I can too, you vacated your back row earlier" "I did?" "I'm pretty sure." "Well okay then, that means you're in check." "Wait, what?"

  2. Then turn the board spinner on….increasing the speed gradually..

  3. I don't get the capturing mechanic, so I won't follow it.

  4. I like the regular chess only because their looks not normal or strange

  5. Wow! This is a game which requires pasta, it seems.

  6. now we need some sort of way to play hidden identity 3 man chess

  7. Is French Defense possible to play in this chess variant?

  8. If the center could be occupied the knight would have had to move horizontally then vertically to get there Another thing is that the knight must be within the 2 inner rings

  9. i don't watch this because i don't know how, i watch this because it cures my boredom

  10. They should’ve started with this instead of regular chess😂

  11. I wish they made a 2 player version of it.. it looks fun, but I do not have that many friends

  12. seaweed in korean is 해초 . And this is Among Us ඞ

  13. "how to play 3 man chess"
    short answer: don't

  14. 3:40 Whatever the opposite of "Get down Mr. President" is, that move embodies it.

  15. I was watching a ad about chess thinking it was the real video💀

  16. Why can't all versions of chess just have you capture a king instead of just leaving off a checkmate? I want to know why.

  17. Litteraly the dont starve metaphorical chess board

  18. The mod community for this game is more active than the developers

  19. my favourite part of this is that a king can be took without checkmate, one of my main problems with chess is that if someone gets an accidental checkmate and they dont notice they still win

  20. The New chess update is fire🔥🔥🔥 been waiting so long for it

  21. Türkler varsa beğeninde önemli bir şey dediğimizi sansınlar.

  22. As a 4th dimensional creature I agree this is how I play chess

  23. when you thought chess couldn’t get any more strategic:

  24. Man really wanted a 3 player and not 2 OR 4 player chess

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