Hexes Chess boards are formatted to fit tournament-size chess pieces (3.75" kings). If you already own chess pieces, you will need an extra bishop for each player. To play Hexes 9-Pawn Chess you will also need an extra pawn. (See table below.) Hexes Chess for three players requires a third set of red chess pieces.
|chess pieces per player|
|Hexes Chess game||king||queen*||rooks||knights||bishops||pawns|
|3-Pawn (2 players)||1||1||2||2||3||3||4-Pawn (2 players)||1||1||2||2||3||4||6-Pawn (2 players)||1||1||2||2||3||6||9-Pawn (2 players)||1||1||2||2||3||9||3P3 (3 players)†||1||1||2||2||3||3||4P3 (3 players)†||1||1||2||2||3||4|
|conventional square chess pieces shown below for comparison|
|square chess (2 players)||1||1||2||2||2||8|
*Some chess sets come with a second queen to use when a pawn is promoted.
†The color of the third set of chess pieces in a three-player game should be red.
Chess pieces are easy to find locally or online. You can get chess pieces by the set, or by the piece at chesshouse.com. Keep in mind that pieces purchased by the set have only two bishops per player; Hexes Chess requires three. The recommended colors are beige and black. For three-player chess the third color is red.