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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.
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