Tic-Tac-Check Game

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Project by DiyMinded posted 09-23-2020 12:36 PM 1385 views 11 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

At the beginning of Covid-19 I was searching for games to make in an effort to entertain the kids. I found this interesting game called tic-tac-check. It’s like the love child of tic-tac-toe and chess. This was made out of maple inlaid with walnut. Below are the rules for the game and here is a Youtube video for those that are interested.

For 2 players. Ages 6 and up. Contents: Wood board & pieces, 2 Rooks, 2 Bishops, 2 Knights, 2 Pawns.


Be the first to align your four pieces of the same color horizontally, vertically or diagonally.

Play starts on an empty board, players take turns placing a piece on ANY empty square. (anywhere on the board) After placing your first three pieces you may move and capture as in regular chess, except a pawn reverses direction upon reaching the opposite side of the board. Captured pieces are returned to their owner and can immediately be played again on any open square. You can place a pawn on the opposite side of the board and immediately on the next turn move back towards yourself. If it is captured then placed back on the board it must first move towards the opponent’s side of the board before changing directions.

REF: In Shogi (Japanese chess) captured pieces are not dead but may be pointed in the opposite direction and replayed as part of your own or your opponent forces. The rule requiring that the first 3 turns players can only place pieces was intended to force players to think about position and not capturing in the beginning of the game. After this initial play, players can capture each other and have less than 3 pieces on the board.

Optional Rules: Recommended for competitions. Players are allowed approximately 3 minutes to place their first 3 pieces on the board with a maximum of about 30 seconds per turn. After a further 5 minutes of play (this can be adjusted) each player is restricted to 5 captures each. Playing this rule will generally make games end in less than 15 minutes and require more skill.

Chess Piece Moves

Pawn: – Moves one space forward per turn except when it captures an opponent’s piece by moving one space diagonally forward.
Knight: – Moves either one space forward or backward and two spaces either left or right or two spaces forward or backward and one space either left or right. A knight is the only piece that can move over another piece on the board.
Bishop: – Moves diagonally any number of spaces as long as it does not pass another piece.
Rook:- Moves vertically or horizontally as long as it does not pass another piece.

The Knight, Bishop and Rook all capture by landing on an opponent’s piece in the same way that they move.

-- Jared, Diy Minded

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#1 posted 09-23-2020 02:28 PM

this is awesome! Might actually convince my wife to play chess with this version!

-- Zach

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#2 posted 09-23-2020 05:06 PM

I like the looks of this game. Even I can understand it. Nice work.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#3 posted 09-24-2020 12:27 AM

I am intrigued. Might have to make a set.
Great video. Are the circles Velcro or just felt?


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#4 posted 09-24-2020 02:09 AM

I am intrigued. Might have to make a set.
Great video. Are the circles Velcro or just felt?


- clieb91

Thanks! I used 1” felt dots in the holes and on the bottom of the pieces. The holes are still recessed even with the felt to keep the pieces from moving around.

-- Jared, Diy Minded

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#5 posted 10-01-2020 07:21 AM

Great job.

-- irtamos, Belgium

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#6 posted 10-01-2020 12:22 PM

Awesome – this is the ideal game to make for those still in those years – it’s on my to-do list.

-- Bstrom

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