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Millenium 3D Chess


[edit] Brief History of Millenium Chess 

Millennium Chess is a version of Three Dimensional Chess developed by WIlliam D'Agostino to play out on an 8x8x3 playing field.



As far as can determined by us, the 8x8x3 playing field was first introduced in 1969 by the Pacific Games Company for a 3-D version they called "Space Chess\". This version had an 8x8x3 playing field supported by a wooden central pole. The game had 8 spaces on each level (the four center spaces and the four spaces immediately diagnal to them) marked with a star, and two spaces on each level (f1 and f8) marked with a king symbol. Only those spaces could be used to change levels (only the King could use the king symbol to change levels) and level changes only involved moving the man up or down in addition to their traditional two-dimensional move. The game actually claimed to be 4 dimensional because of the element of timing in playing it (ROFL).



The only evidence of Chess Cubed that we have found is a set which an associates parents bought for him in the 70's. This set was supported by a steel "3\" shaped frame. The information we have is sketchy. The instructions have a copyright of 1971 by Classic Games Company. However, the Game is called "Edition IV Chess Cubed\" (it actually has "Chess\" with a superscript "3\" but in the directions we are told that it is pronounced "Chess Cubed\".) The question remains if this was "Edition IV\" then what were Edition I, Edition II and Edition III? If Edition IV instructions were copyrighted 1971 then was Edition I around much earlier? This was the best version of the game to date. Chess Cubed did NOT have star spaces or specially marked king spaces (in fact no other version after "Space Chess\" did.) Chess cubed actually extrapolated 3D versions of the 2D moves of the chess men. (For some reason the instructions have typewritten style date of 1975 written in the bottom margin of one of the instruction pages and the set would have likely been purchased between 1975 and 1977.



Also in 1971 (we do not know if it was before or after Chess Cubed was released) Skor Mor came out with Chess in the Third Dimension. In its initial release it seems that this game used a similar wooden central pole design as space chess, but later used an all translucet design with a "3\" shaped frame. Chess in the Third Dimension had poor rules which did nor extrapolate 3d moves for the pieces. Instead level changes simply involded changing levels without extapolated 3D versions of the 2D moves.



In 1978 the John Hansen Company produced Strato Chess. This design was similar to that of Chess Cubed except that it used a steel "S\" frame rather thin a steel "3\" frame. The rules are ambiguous and poorly written but seem to indicate movement like that in Chess Cubed.



In 2001 William D'Agostino who had owned a Chess in the Third Dimension set developed a set of rules similar to the Chess Cubed Rules (although he had been unaware of Chess Cubed or Strato Chess rules) for playing 3D Chess on an 8x8x3 playing field. The Millennium rules differ from Chess Cubed Rules in that they require a pawn to reach the 8th rank of the opponants level rather than just any level in order to be promoted. Also Millennium Chess adds a sloping move to the Rook, Queen, pawn and King. After a 23 year limbo the 8x8x3 playingfield was reborn in June of 2001 when D'Agustino began an online email game of Millennium Chess using 8x8x3 sets that he had had for over 20 years.

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