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Chess

All Queens Chess

All Queens Chess
$10  Buy Link Comment

A fun variant on chess, in which all of the pieces are queens. While you get the versatility of a queen’s moves, the objective here isn’t to capture pieces, but to try and get four queens in a row, while your opponent attempts to block your movements.

3D Cube Chess Set

3D Cube Chess Set
~$1225  Buy Comment

Architect Michael Bidner and designer Elke Adam-Bidner’s unique chess set looks like something out of a modern art museum’s collection. The LED backlit board is crafted from 64 varied height cubes in alternating red and white, along with a set of minimal chess pieces.

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Credit Card Chess Set

Credit Card Chess Set
$12  Buy Link Comment

Using Shapeways‘ 3D printing tech, Innovo is offering up this nifty chess set which comes in flat-pack form. Simply punch out the pieces, and you can play anywhere. We only wish there was a way to put it back in your wallet once it’s punched out.

Ceramic Chess Set

Ceramic Chess Set
$250  Buy Comment

We love the minimalist look of the pieces in this chess set from Ceramic Sense. Each pawn, rook, bishop, knight, king and queen is made by hand, and the oak chess board features a cool tribal texture on the black squares. Pieces available without the board for $150.

LumiSource LED Chess Set

LumiSource LED Chess Set
$70  Buy Link Comment

This unique chess set features glass pieces with LEDs inside of them, providing a soft glow of light from each one. The lights use inductive power so they only glow when placed close to the board, and don’t require individual batteries. In blue/white or blue/red combos.

Andy Warhol Soup Can Chess Set

Andy Warhol Soup Can Chess Set
$500  Buy Comment

Kidrobot’s Andy Warhol chess set depicts the artist’s Campbell’s soup can art as 3″ vinyl replicas. Each can is labeled on top with its corresponding chess piece. It comes with a chess board that has multicolored squares and felt accents.

Pixelated Chess Set

Pixelated Chess Set
~$55  Buy Comment

Induku Design’s nifty laser-cut chess set has the look of chunky old-school video game pixels. The board folds up for travel, and has storage spaces inside. Each piece has a laser-engraved shading pattern on it, and nice jaggy edges. No FSAA or TXAA here.

Chess Set Ring

Chess Set Ring

We don’t know if Joe Turner’s creation is indeed the world’s smallest chess set, but it could be the most portable one. Joe made the ring and all of the tiny chess pieces out of silver, then topped the ring off with a board made from fossil ivory and ebony.

Making a Carbon Fiber Chess Piece

Making a Carbon Fiber Chess Piece

Jewelry designer Patrick Adair wanted to see if he could make a chess piece from a block of carbon fiber, so he set about carefully carving one on his lathe. Now we want a full set of pieces made from the stuff.

Bourbon Barrel Chess Set

Bourbon Barrel Chess Set
$795  Buy Comment

From Hungarian Workshop, the guys behind the beautiful the beautiful whiskey barrel adirondack chairs comes a wonderful wooden chess set, handmade from a reclaimed bourbon barrel.

New York Skyline Chess

New York Skyline Chess
$90+  Pledge Comment

A wonderful chess set that pays tribute to New York City. Designed by UK architects Ian Flood and Chris Prosser, each chess piece represents an iconic Big Apple building, and is injection molded with a weighted base. Available with a folding board, wooden, or a marble board.

Mod Acrylic Chess Sets

Mod Acrylic Chess Sets
~$101  Buy Comment

We dig the ’70s retro-mod looks of these chess sets from AQuarterPastEight. Each 12.6″ square game board and its pieces are cut from clear or fluorescent acrylic sheets. You might want to grab some matching tic-tac-toe coasters for your coffee table.

Globe Chess Board

Globe Chess Board

Product design student Ben Meyers and his dad David teamed up to build this amazing wooden chess set which lets them play on a spherical board. Magnets under each space allow the board turned without the pieces falling off.

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Nixie Chess Set

Nixie Chess Set
~$636  Buy Link Comment

A truly unique chess set that uses old-school nixie tubes as its game pieces. Each tube displays a symbol on top representing its position, and they glow without wires or plugs thanks to wireless inductive power. Also available as a DIY Kit for about 1/2 the price.

SNL: Youngblood

SNL: Youngblood

An old man sees a young punk bragging in the park, and decides to teach him a lesson by challenging him to a game of chess. But Pete Davidson’s character isn’t about to fall victim to the clichéd scene set up by Kenan Thompson.

Blacksmith Chess Set

Blacksmith Chess Set
$475  Buy Comment

We’re loving the rustic, industrial look of the hefty metal pieces in this chess set from Echo Hill Forge. Each piece is hand-forged from steel, and the set comes in a custom wooden storage box. The game board isn’t included, though there are plenty to choose from here.

Really Bad Chess for iOS

Really Bad Chess for iOS

From SpellTower, Ridiculous Fishing and Sage Solitaire creator Zach Gage comes a challenging yet welcome take on chess. Really Bad Chess pits you against the AI in boards with a random mix of pieces. It also has daily and weekly challenges.

City Chess Sets

City Chess Sets
$96++  Buy Comment

AberuizDesign creates 3d printed sets of chess pieces and matching wooden boards based on American cities. Choose from Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas, Seattle, San Diego or San Francisco. You’ll need to buy both black and white sides separately, so they’re quite spendy.

Square Off Smart Chess Set

Square Off Smart Chess Set
$200+  Pledge Comment

Like the old Excalibur Phantom Force, this robotic chess set moves the pieces on its own using magnets. But this one lets you play against anyone in the world who has either the board or its app. You can also play against the AI or spectate a match.

Voronoi Chess Pieces

Voronoi Chess Pieces
$50  Buy Comment

Edge3D sells a ready-to-play 3D printed chess set using pieces derived from a using a Voronoi mathematical model to create holes in the pieces without destabilizing them. Available in several colors; chess board not included.

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Preset Chess

Preset Chess

Preset Chess combines magnets with an elegant storage box to eliminate set up time. Just flip the box over and the pieces will stick to the board in their right spots. When you’re done playing, just place the pieces back in their labeled compartments.

Queen of Katwe (Trailer)

Queen of Katwe (Trailer)

An adaptation of Tim Crothers’ eponymous book about chess prodigy Phiona Mutesi, one of the first Ugandan Woman Candidate Masters. Born and raised in a poor neighborhood, Phiona learned chess from a sports outreach program and quickly rose up the competitive ladder.

Hologrid: Monster Battle

Hologrid: Monster Battle

Inspired by his own holochess board from Star Wars, Academy Award winning effects wiz Phil Tippett is working with HappyGiant to create Hologrid Monster Battle, an augmented and virtual reality board game with collectible cards and battles between Tippett’s creatures.

Grandmaster vs. Hustler

Grandmaster vs. Hustler

“You don’t even look at the board!” Grandmaster Maurice Ashley stopped by Washington Square Park in New York City to play chess with an old man who thinks he’s slick. A clip from The Tim Ferriss Experiment.

Anyone Can Quantum

Anyone Can Quantum

Keanu Reeves narrates a board game battle between Stephen Hawking and Paul Rudd in this incredibly weird commercial for Quantum Chess, a variant of chess that aims to demystify the basics of quantum mechanics. At least we think so. Is it real? Are we real? What?

Blitzkrieg Speed Chess

Blitzkrieg Speed Chess

8man’s lab is working on an electronically enhanced version of chess called Blitzkrieg Speed Chess. Players don’t have to take turns, but each piece has a cooldown period before it can be moved again.

Cursive Chess Set

Cursive Chess Set

Daniel Moynihan created this beautiful set for Marbles, The Brain Store’s recent chess set design contest. The pieces are designed to be inviting to touch, and give haptic clues to the ranking of each piece. Marbles plans to produce the set.

World’s Smallest Chess Set

World’s Smallest Chess Set
$1900  Buy Comment

We have enough trouble losing pieces from out normal-sized chess sets, but you have to appreciate the craftsmanship in jeweler Sal Knight’s handcarved gold and silver chess set which is just a bit larger than a quarter.

Mate Wall Chess Set

Mate Wall Chess Set
$150+  Pledge Comment

Mate puts a complete chess set on your wall, and doubles as a playable work of art. The square pieces hold neatly in their wood cubbies, and can be ordered in a variety of colors. Measures 23.5(h) x 18.5″(w) x 2.25″(d).

Giant Aluminum Chess Set

Giant Aluminum Chess Set
$300  Buy Comment

Restoration Hardware’s beautiful aluminum chess set features oversize pieces which measure from 5- to 8-inches tall. The folding, inlaid wooden board measures a substantial 29-1/2″ square when opened. Hulk hands not included.

Got Chess? Flat Chess Set

Got Chess? Flat Chess Set

Peter Baeten’s portable chess set concept consists of flat pieces that slot onto the board. The pieces are laser cut and hand varnished and are stored in their own cutouts. A leather cover doubles as a play mat.

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