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three-dimensional chess

1. Literally, a variation on traditional chess that involves multiple boards positioned at different heights. Also known as "3D chess." No, I'm not playing three-dimensional chess with you—I can barely play regular chess!
2. By extension, a very complicated or complex game, system, or strategy involving a deep understanding of the situation that one's opponents or adversaries lack. Everyone thinks he messed up by leaking that information, but he's just playing three-dimensional chess. He's eight moves ahead of all of us. Coaching against him is like trying to play three-dimensional chess.
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3D chess

1. Literally, a variation on traditional chess that involves multiple boards positioned at different heights. Another name for "three-dimensional chess." No, I'm not playing 3D chess with you—I can barely play regular chess!
2. By extension, a very complicated or complex game, system, or strategy involving a deep understanding of the situation that one's opponents or adversaries lack. Everyone thinks he's an idiot for leaking that information, but he's just playing 3D chess. He's eight moves ahead of all of us. Coaching against him is like trying to play 3D chess.
See also: 3D, chess

play three-dimensional chess

1. Literally, to play a variation on traditional chess that involves multiple boards positioned at different heights (also known as "3D chess"). No, I'm not playing three-dimensional chess with you—I can barely play regular chess!
2. By extension, to engage in a very complicated or complex game, system, or strategy involving a deep understanding of the situation that one's opponents or adversaries lack. Our CEO is always playing three-dimensional chess to stay ahead of our competition. Coaching against him is like trying to play three-dimensional chess.
See also: chess, play

play 3D chess

1. Literally, to play a variation on traditional chess that involves multiple boards positioned at different heights. No, I'm not playing 3D chess with you—I can barely play regular chess! Coaching against him is like trying to play 3D chess.
2. By extension, to engage in a very complicated or complex game, system, or strategy involving a deep understanding of the situation that one's opponents or adversaries lack. Our CEO is always playing 3D chess to stay ahead of our competition.
See also: 3D, chess, play