How to play 3 Player Chess

Learn the rules to 3 Player Chess quickly and concisely – This video has no distractions, just the rules. For a refresher of the original Chess rules, check out this video:

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Setup the red pieces on the “A” through “H” side. White on the “A” through “L” side. And black on the “H” through “L” side. Red goes first, then play proceeds clockwise with White, followed by black.

When you move pieces, use their normal movement relative to the adjacent spaces as the space shapes distort. When you move a piece through the center rosette, movement changes significantly.

A diagonal movement traveling into the center, will continue out of either rosette of the same color, on the other side, in a straight line through the opposite corner of the space it entered. A diagonal movement across the side of the rosette, will deflect the movement outward away from the center through the opposite corner of the space it entered.

Spaces opposite each other in the rosette of different colors are not connected. A queen may not travel diagonally through the center of the rosette so that it continues in the diagonal of a different color. Likewise, when the King is on a rosette, it may not move to the opposite side of the rosette to the space of the other color. However, it may move to any other adjacent space.

A horizontal movement always deflects away from the center at the largest angle. A rook may not travel towards the center and continue on a path that changes its relative direction. It must travel through the opposite lateral edge of the space it entered. A rook starting on a rosette space cannot move across a rosette towards the other side of the board, but instead, it may only move through the opposite lateral edge of the space it entered.

When a pawn is in a rosette, its forward movement is always towards its closest opponent’s side of the board. A pawn in the rosette may capture diagonally to another rosette of the same color, but may not capture to a rosette of the opposite color. If a pawn reaches the back row of either opponent’s side of the board it is promoted.

A knight may never travel across the center point of the rosette but instead travels around it, using adjacent spaces for it’s “L” movement, keeping in mind that a straight line moves through the opposite lateral edge of the space it entered.

There are 3 game ending variations you can play with, you should agree which you will play before beginning. Option 1: The game continues until one player is checkmated. Then the player who delivered the checkmate is the winner.

Option 2: After the first king is captured, that player is eliminated from the game and the game continues. The player who delivered the checkmate receives the bonus ability of being able to use the eliminated player’s pieces until only 1 player remains.

Option 3: 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. The game then continues until only 1 player remains.


  1. What happens if someone can take the king by the person before making that opportunity, is it like the other one?

  2. This is the strategic equivalent of monopoly. Little chance of success, high chance of fightings.

  3. 3 person chess game 🎮 with black red and white

  4. Why does your queen pieces actually look like Queen pieces? I love the board I have, but the Queen pieces are just a little dot on top of the piece. Other than the fact that the dot is slightly bigger, it literally just looks like a Bishop

  5. I like the idea of being forced to "warp" movement. Very cool. Rooks stick on flats, bishops on "tips". Knight looks like it can mice two flats and a "tip". Queen can move any number of flats or tips following warps, and king can move one at a time following warps. The star in the center gives the board cohesion.

  6. I like the idea that the eliminated players pieces remain on the board as obstacles, but I feel like the checkmated king should be removed, just the king

  7. Thanls a lot, very good explained. I have a question for option 3: Should the checkmated King remain on the board with all its pieces. Or should be (only the King) taking away?.
    Thanks in advance for the answer.

  8. I played this with some friends the other night not knowing too much of the rules, but we only had the rosette and end conditions wrong, so it still played pretty fair. But believe it or not, we got to a point where one player got stalemated, and we had no idea what would happen after that, so we just assumed he lost and removed all his pieces (that was how we were playing, if someone loses, all their pieces get thanos snapped)

  9. Question:
    Let's say, 3 pawns are at the Rosette and they are all on the same colored square. White pawn captured black pawn and it survived for a whole turn. Can white pawn still capture red pawn(the one that is also at the Rosette) next turn when it's already on an enemies territory(Black's territory)?

  10. Forget about it. Every time new BS comes up! They destroy your sole, brain, heart, health, wealth and everything else

  11. On the internet there's a fourth option, in which the game ends when one player is checkmated, but the player to neither checkmate nor get checkmated neither wins nor loses.

  12. I swapped parallel universes somewhere. I know that when he explained the second option of how to play, he used the words: "now armed with the first loser's pieces."

  13. This is very confusing that if I play this chess once I may forget the regular chess!

  14. If the red was gray it would've make the game even better

  15. Question: if one side is checkmated, is it possible to be un-checkmated by being rescued by another side? I dunno why someone would do that, but I’m still curious.

  16. I learnt this from The Big Bang Theory from the 4th season where Sheldon Cooper and his close teammates of his group are playing it, very difficult to win and play this type but awesome video.

  17. The second option of playing this form of chess is brutal, man.😅

  18. I feel this board should be made out of triangles instead

  19. This seems way more annoying than the Circular 3 Player Chess. Sure the board here has a cleaner look, but the way pieces move seems a lot less intuitive.

  20. 3 man chess' movement make more sense and are easier to understand, but 3 player chess has fewer exta rules to memorize

  21. Bro is playing non-euclidian chess💀💀💀💀💀

  22. Looks like jarmge finally remembered his pieces

  23. I want stock fish to play 3 player chess if possible.

  24. is a stalemate possible and is it a stalemate for everyone?

  25. I will never play these board games but regardless I'll watch the video.

  26. Knight is definitely the most confusing piece in 3 player chess

  27. first option is the quickest version, second seems to give a huge advantage to the initial winner, but the third one is probably the most interesting version, where the defeated pieces now became obstacles in an ongoing battle.

  28. Option 4 You remove all the pieces a the fallen team

  29. With option 2, if I checkmate one person. Can I use his pawns to go back in his own direction to receive a Queen? Or does it have to come back in its natural direction?

  30. Is there a link to the rules written up? Thanks in advance.

  31. Good job with the explanation! This is surprisingly easy to understand. Will probably take some practice to actually get a hang of the game though but the rules seem pretty clear.

  32. Option 4: If you are checkmated, your opponent on your right wins and the game stops.
    With this option, two opponents cannot team up against the third one. You attack the opponent on your left but defend against the opponent on your right. If you accidentally checkmate the opponent on your right, you both lose and the third player wins.
    If after player 1's turn, player 2 cant make any legal move (stalemate), then player 3 wins and the game stops.

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