Lately, we have done an experiment in our chess club and liked it much. We were 4 players, and we wanted to play simultaneous each against each other. This setup worked (more or less, see the following diagram):

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The players 1, 2, and 3 may sit on their tables, but the player 4 (myself) had to walk around from board to board (identified by Pl4).

Then a 5th player came around, and we could not find a reasonable setup where we can play and know who is playing where.

Is this a known problem, and for how many are solutions known? For 2, 3, and 4, it is easy, but how about higher numbers?

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    It isn't quite the same thing, but check out a variant called "bughouse". Tons of fun!
    – Tony Ennis
    Sep 21 '14 at 15:54
  • We play that a lot (at least with the younger players). In Germany known as "Tandem". From time to time, we test some variations we don't know. My favorite one: Hand and Brain. 2x2 players, one players says first e.g. pawn, the other player has to move a pawn. No tips allowed. With time control, you need some more time (> 10 minutes). Lots of fun!
    – mliebelt
    Sep 21 '14 at 16:02
  • This is a really interesting question, I'd like to know the answer myself. Oct 15 '14 at 12:55

Here are some ideas that might help! enter image description here

  • Very nice! Do you have some background for that, or did you just made it up for your own? Where do we get so many small tables for the setup?
    – mliebelt
    Nov 28 '14 at 21:15
  • @mliebelt Thanks! I made it on my own! The question was quite interesting, so I took the challenge! For playing in 4, I think you can still use the 3 tables you showed in your picture, but make a triangle and one plays in the middle, if it is not too far for the others. The small tables help to have a closer layout, such as those square ones from schools, enough to have a board on it! Cheers!
    – hehe_br
    Nov 28 '14 at 21:37

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