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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
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However, as a currency trader, I love my life in the second derivative, play three dimensional chess with the markets in real time.
Watching Sir Alex Ferguson play three dimensional chess with Team Rooney was an education.