Overview: Hexes 3-Pawn Chess
Each player commands identical forces comprised of a team of specialized chess pieces: the king; the queen; two rooks; two knights; three bishops; and three pawns. The players take turns moving one piece per turn. White makes the opening move. The winner of the previous match plays Black.
The two main considerations in a winning chess strategy are: material (pieces) and position (how they are distributed). It is possible to have an advantage in material but a disadvatage in position, or vice versa. A material advantage is gained by capturing your opponent's pieces, or by sacrificing lower value pieces for higher value pieces. (See chart below for piece values.)
Note the king has no designated value because it cannot be captured. The pawn has no letter symbol because when writing down a pawn move, it is identified by its location. Note also that the bishop has lost one point in value compared to square chess. But you get three of them, and three Hexes Chess bishops are equal to two square-chess bishops!
*Pawns in Hexes Chess have gained a bit more mobility than the other pieces, and would be more accurately valued at 1.17. While all the other pieces have gained 50% in mobility over their square-chess counterparts (from 8 directions to 12 for the king, queen and knights; and from 4 directions to 6 for the rooks and bishops), the pawn, when you include its capture directions has gained 67% (from 3 directions to 5).