SHS Student Creates 5 Dimensional Chessboard

Danny Todd and Miles Bowker

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In the field of theoretical physics, ideas such as dimensions (for example the first, second, and third dimensions, and onward) are difficult for most to grasp. This is certainly not the case for freshman Dominick Emond, who seems to have taken to the topics with relative ease.

Emond is currently in the process of testing his prototype for a five-dimensional chess board. Yes, you heard that right, FIVE dimensions. Now, of course, Emond will be the first to admit that humans can’t grasp the fifth (or fourth) dimension, as we “live in a three-dimensional world,” but his achievement is impressive nonetheless.

Though it is “still being tested,” Emond’s creation is already baffling students and teachers alike, especially those looking to play. Luckily, Emond is more than happy to explain the game’s rules to any prospective player.

Imagine a board with nine sticks coming out of it, each evenly distributed. Each one of these sticks holds three, four-square-by-four-square, chess boards, suspended in mid-air. In total, 27 small chessboards exist, and each spot in each board corresponds with the same position spot on another of the boards.

For example, if you have a piece in the lower left corner of one board, you can move one space to any other board, as long as you stay in that lower left corner spot on the new board. The idea may still be hard to understand for many, but it has a scientific basis.

“The zeroth dimension would be a point, the first would be a line, the second would be a square, and three dimensions would be a cube. Since we can’t imagine the fourth or fifth dimensions, as we live in a 3D world, I unfolded the boards into this structure to make it easy to understand,” Emond explained, referencing the structure.

“I was at home and I asked my mom if she could help me make this, and she said yes. She helped paint the boards,” said Emond, undoubtedly thankful for his mother’s help.

Wondering about the actual gameplay? “It’s just like chess,” albeit a little more complicated, explained Edmond. Still, after a quick explanation, it was apparent the board was functional in addition to fascinating.

Emond’s creation is not only an exciting new take on the age-old game of skill, but it exhilarated members of Ms. Reilly’s freshman home base, and it’s sure to entertain students around the school.

 

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SHS Student Creates 5 Dimensional Chessboard