Markus Kaspari

I am excited by the idea of reinventing good games through small changes that make them much more interesting. This led to my goal of designing a 3D-chess game.

My first design consisted of a wooden shelf that could hold seven chess boards. The chess boards consisted of glass and as the fields had to remain as transparent as possible, I left the white fields blank and drew a black frame around the black fields using a waterproof marker. In order to keep the gaps between the glass plates reasonably small, I designed new chess pieces based on flat geometric designs with a wire hook. The latter allows the chess pieces to be moved with a stick.

The 3D-chess game was built, but it also required rules. These are based on the rules for regular chess, however, adjusting the moves of the different chess pieces to 3D-chess was a great challenge. Learning 3D-chess is easiest for people who already know how to play regular chess. As a next step, I am planning to prepare teaching materials. By designing 3D-chess I wanted do invent a game that is challenging and trains the brain, and that improves spatial thinking and concentration. I believe that I have reached this goal.

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