# How to Make a Three-Player Chess Board

Three-player chess variants have been around for at least 100 years. There are several sets of rules that adapt the two-player game aspects for three players, and many types of three-player chess boards. One of the most popular set-ups is the three-sided chess board.

A traditional board has four sides and 64 squares; the three-sided board has six sides and 96 squares, thus preserving the sides-per-player and squares-per-player ratios.

Even though the standard three-sided board actually has six sides, it should not be confused with the *hexagonal chess board*, which is based on tessellating hexagons, rather than squares. Chess players usually use the hexagonal chess board for a two-player game variant.

**Step 1:**Draw a quadrilateral that has angles of 90°, 60°, 90°, and 120° in that order going clockwise or conter clockwise. The two sides adjacent to the 60° angle have equal length; the two sides adjacent to the 120° are shorter and also have equal length. See image below Step 3.

**Step 2:**Divide each side into fourths and mark the divisions along each side. For example, if one side has a length of 6 inches, you would place markings at 1.5 inches, 3 inches, and 4.5 inches.

**Step 3:**For each pair of opposite sides, draw three lines connecting the quarter markings. You now have a quadrilateral divided into 16 "squares."

**Step 4:**With six such pieces, assemble them so that their 60° corners meet at the center. You now have the full three-player chess board.

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