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John N. Hansen: Chess 4


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  • 20" x 20" board
  • 1 set gold, black, silver, ivory men
  • King measures 2.5"
  • Includes rules for Chess Four and traditional chess
  • Men weighted and felted
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WARNING:
CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 20 x 20 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Origin: China
  • ASIN: B000BNLVBS
  • Item model number: 19951
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 13 years and up
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,242 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
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Product Description

Product Description

Chess is no longer just a battle, now it's war! The rules are the same, but the game is dangerously different. Players are able to use new military strategies never seen before.

From the Manufacturer

Chess 4 allows four players. Same rules, same playing pieces, just played by up to four people. Chess Four is the world's most accepted non-traditional chess set.

Customer Reviews

Rules are very easy to follow and loads of fun.
Jacob A Hobbs
I'm currently looking to invest in a higher quality 4 way chess set.
-Ryan
It's great for family nights and is so much fun to play.
Amy

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Marion Lindy on April 4, 2007
I've only played once so far because it takes a little over two hours to play if you've got good opponents. Normal chess is like "how can I manuever around this person while avoiding their attacks" while this is like "I'm in the center of chaos". If you aren't watching everything, every second, you're done for. One person I was playing with had another person's queen surrounded with 2 of his own knights and a knight he had captured, and player 2 went to move his queen towards a king, paying acute attention to whether he would put himself in a spot where any of those three knights could kill him. He took his fingers off his queen finally, after determining he was safe, and I killed him with a pawn. This game is intense, I love it.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 13, 2007
I tried this game with 3 other people and it is totally awesome!! As soon as you checkmate someone, you get to control all of their pieces! As you can infer, it gets very good with only 2 people left, each controlling 2 chess sets. Overall, this game is the bomb. The best part is being able to play 2-4 people at once.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By jim patrick on January 12, 2012
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Let me break this down to different parts:

The Chess Pieces:
1. Size is perfect
2. Design & looks are interesting & yet recognizable.
3. Color is good
4. Although it's plastic, the weight is still ok, it can sit still on the board.

The Board:
1. Nice durable & sturdy carton.
2. Can be folded into quarter of its size.
3. The seams are not noticeable when you unfold it.
4. The design looks good except the artwork on each square that's sometimes giving me the dizzy feeling when i look at it for too long.

The Game:
This is the best feature of this product - i've been playing Chess for over 30 years & the concept of this game is G-R-E-A-T...just like the description on the box- it's not just a game, it's a WAR! I suggest that you may want to revised the rule just like what other reviewers had mentioned esp when a player conquered a "kingdom". And since this could be a great game for a party, I'm planning to create my own version of this game with larger pieces & not so dizzy game board. I already ordered a Staunton Chess pieces which of course will come in Black & white; then I will order another similar set & will dye it with a different color like Gold & Silver. I recommend this to anyone who is a Chess afficionado, not for novice peeps. Hope this helps...I'm getting one for my Chess Buddy who lives in Australia!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 13, 2012
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Seirawan chess was developed by a chess grand master in order to make the game more accessible to new and weaker players.There are only so many times that you can hear the phrase 'its only a game' from a strong player who regularly wipes the floor with you. So, in order to 'upset the apple-cart' as it were the approach has been to add in extra pieces.Its a valid approach I suppose and there are many chess variants that have tried similar approaches (including big bang theory sheldons' serpent and old lady :) Another way, which I prefer is to keep the pieces and moves of regular chess but change the topology of the board. ie not playing on an 8 by 8 grid. This is the effect that chess4 has in accomodating 4 players. To begin with there is a lot of open ground to cover in order to attack but moving a piece exposes your army to long range attacks from surprising directions.This makes the game much more equitable in that strong players can't rely on established patterns. Its fun and a bit more chaotic. I think that this is a good way to get the whole family playing chess and include new players.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Thomas on January 27, 2011
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The 4 Way chess game is an awesome "social" experience. My friends couldn't believe how much fun it was to play. At first we got the rules wrong - which I admit was even more fun than when we played the "right" way. It may intimidate some players, but novices love the idea of having your pieces fly all over the board causing chaos. This game turns bad players into bad and dangerous players!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thoughts on January 18, 2011
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This is the best creation for chess player around the world. The pieces are made of plastic but have a felt on the bottom to preserve the board. The board itself is made of cardboard but has a sophisticated marble design giving it the elegant look. I never knew having a four way could be so much fun! The rules are the same as regular chess but have more opponents and require more probability thought to avoid being left in the cross fire from three different opponents. If you love chess and have several dedicated player, this could be a way to even the odds.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joel on August 2, 2011
I've had this game for about 12 years now and I love it! It's SO much different than having only one opponent to worry about. It makes you think a lot more than in regular chess. There are a few different rule variations available too. Awesome game! Highly recommended! It means it when it says "Chess is no longer a battle, now it's WAR!"

I'd like to see a higher quality board and pieces, but for the price, it's worth it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KabieBaby on January 12, 2013
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I got this as a gift for a friend. He's a chess lover and, as a high school student, he and his friend (currently my neighbor) started a chess club together. I'd told him about the existence of 4-Way Chess and he'd been really excited, so I got this as a surprise. When he opened it, he was excited and I said, "Wait for him to realize..." and then the manliest scream I've ever heard as he figured it out. He and his friend that started chess club all those years ago then immediately opened it and played it. They said they enjoyed it a lot, and for that it's more than worth the price. Rated four for plastic piece -- though, neither of the boys seemed that bothered by it. It's just a fact that irks me myself. Since I didn't watch, I don't know how weighted they are as far as game-play, but I still worry about how easy the pieces would be to break. Still a good purchase and a cheap one if you just want the basics and can't afford a slightly better package. Do recommend.
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