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Year Published
1977
# of Players
2
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Playing Time
90 minutes
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3-D Chess
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3D Chess
Star Trek Chess
Tridimensional Chess
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First seen in the classic Star Trek television series, Tri-dimensional Chess (a.k.a. Star Trek Chess) was first detailed in Franz Joseph Schnaubelt's book, the Starfleet Technical Manual, published by Ballantine in 1975. A fan, Andrew Bartmess, got in touch with Mr. Schnaubelt and fully fleshed out the rules. It adds a third dimension to the game making chess more difficult. Vertical movement, as well as the tradition horizontal movement, creates many new moves and strategy.

Reproductions of the original prop were sold by the Franklin Mint for a time.

Roughly, there are three fixed 4x4 boards staggered so that the lower board's last two rows are under the middle board's first two, and likewise the middle board's last two rows are under the top board's first two. Four 2x2 movable attack boards attach to the corners of the fixed boards, above or under, so that the game actually has a total of seven planes (but only 16 of the 96 extra squares are "in existence" at any one time). The attack boards are also necessary as bridges between the fixed boards. Notation of positions and moves (since now there are sometimes several possible paths between any two starting and ending squares) is initially problematic, but well addressed by Mr. Bartmess.

The standard set up is uneven, with the lower (white) board's attack boards starting above instead of under as called for by symmetry. This gives an advantage to white since he can reach the neutral board faster than black as a consequence.

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Microbadges

Black / White / Colors:
mb Black Rook Player
mb White Rook Player
mb Dark Horse Fan
mb Chess Knight / Gotta love those horses

no background:
mb Chess Fan - The Pawn
mb Chess Fan - The Bishop
mb Chess Fan - The Queen
mb I am a King at Chess
mb Chess Fan - The Rook
mb Chess Fan - the Knight

with white background:
mb Chess Player
mb Chess Player
mb Chess Player
mb Chess Player
mb Chess Player
mb Chess Player

other chess badges:
mb Knightmare Chess Fan
mb Chess Variant Fan
mb Chessex Fan
mb Chess collector

The only authorised recreation based upon the futuristic chess game seen on board the USS Enterprise and first introduced by Captain Kirk and Mr Spock in the classic Episode "Where No Man has Gone Before". The Chess Set is crafted of 3 large playing boards plus 4 smaller moveable attack boards, the plain pieces are coated with sterling silver or 22 carat gold, and it comes complete with certificate of authenticity.

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0 Tridimensional Chess Rulebook
updated to reflect better understanding of the tournament rules.
English
2011-10-06
0 Raumschach English rules
Rules in English created from info at ChessVariants.org
2008-11-29
0 Rules for 3D chess as per Star Trek
file created using info at ChessVariants.org
2008-11-29
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Abstract Game Rank: 526
Num Ratings: 99
Average Rating: 5.89
Standard Deviation: 1.94
Num Views: 100363
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Personal Comments: 47
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