Three-check chess

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Three-check chess is a chess variant in which the winner is the first player to check their opponent three times. The game is more tactical than standard chess.[citation needed] Just as in chess, sacrifices are common and the opening can be filled with traps. Checking an opponent twice can create an advantage and can be equivalent to captured material in the evaluation of a position. The game rarely reaches the endgame and is usually decided before queens are traded.

Example game[edit]

1. e4 e6 2. d4??

This typical opening in standard chess immediately loses in Three-check chess.

2... Bb4+

First check.

3. c3 Bxc3+!

Second check.

4. Nxc3 Qh4! 0–1

a b c d e f g h
a8 black rook
b8 black knight
c8 black bishop
e8 black king
g8 black knight
h8 black rook
a7 black pawn
b7 black pawn
c7 black pawn
d7 black pawn
f7 black pawn
g7 black pawn
h7 black pawn
e6 black pawn
d4 white pawn
e4 white pawn
h4 black queen
c3 white knight
a2 white pawn
b2 white pawn
f2 white pawn
g2 white pawn
h2 white pawn
a1 white rook
c1 white bishop
d1 white queen
e1 white king
f1 white bishop
g1 white knight
h1 white rook
7 7
6 6
5 5
4 4
3 3
2 2
1 1
a b c d e f g h
Final position after 4...Qh4
White resigned. There is no way to prevent a third check by Qxf2+ or Qxe4+.

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External links[edit]

  • ChessMoon Online chess server supporting Three-check chess