3-Pawn Chess Board

The chess board is comprised of 30 hexagons in three colors: umber, amber and sand (dark, medium and light). It is organized into three files by ten ranks (columns by rows). The files bend 60° at the 3rd and 8th ranks. Note that the ranks are not horizontal as in square chess, but slope 30° up and right.

drawing of Hexes Chess 3-Pawn chess board

Rank/File Coordinates

Rank and file coordinates are not necessary to play but they are useful for noting chess moves because they create an address for every hex on the chess board, and they are necessary when recording a match on a scoresheet using notation.

drawing of Hexes Chess 3-Pawn board with coordinates shown

Each of the 30 hexagons on the chess board has an address determined by its rank and file. The files are lettered a, b and c. The ranks are numbered 1-10. For example, the coordinate a8 identifies the location at the intersection of the a-file and the 8th rank.

Exploded view Hexes Chess 3-Pawn board with files shown.

Exploded view with the a, b and c files separated.