Well, it would certainly be different, and probably quite interesting.
This would be interesting and force a person to fight more than one battle. They would not be able to resort to sick and petty and might I add SHALLOW strategies. This would force a new line of thinking for the master strategist.
And it doesn't compromise ANY strategies of traditional chess. Oh wait. Yes, it does. It looks cool though.
I prefered Sheldon Coopers rules of 3 man chess :)
strange but good!
Fucking A! Trying to wrap my head around this.
Finally, a Chess variant board has been developed that accommodates three players, without compromising ANY of the rules, strategies, or competitive challenges that make Chess the best board game in the world. The only changes from conventional chess are some protocol issues that must be followed to maintain order where the teams border each other, which is simple and necessary. Also, please notice that the trajectory lines orienting from the outer rank, are simply visual aids to help guide diagonal moves passing through the center. If the path is clear, a diagonal move starting from the outer rank can pass through the center and sweep back around to where it originated. The complexities of the third player are infinite. Your threatened piece may be allowed to maintain occupancy as your position is beneficial to the threatening player. But how long can it last? This scenario may exist all over the board. There are multiple trust and doubt situations between all players. An unexpected move might well result in a cascading massacre. Defense is crucial since a diagonal move through the center, or a horizontal move around the center can sneak up behind you. A player can be checkmated by a combination of both other players or ultimately one player can checkmate both other players at the same time.
Surely the first move will always be to take your opponent's castle?
EDIT: apparently not- just read the rules. Could be quite fun
Next some one will try to make a 4 player game of chess, then 5. And where will it end? I find it interesting, but if you want to play a game of multiple armies why not just get into miniature wargaming and be done with it? Chess has a math and complexity all it's own that it doesn't really need a 3 player added.