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Machining a 500-Pound Chess Board

Machining a 500-Pound Chess Board

TITANS of CNC: Academy presents footage of a truly epic creation – a hefty chess board machined from a massive hunk of metal. It’s got a grooved playing surface, and logo art on its sides. We’d love to see how they milled all of those beautiful titanium chess pieces too.

Square Off Smart Chess Board

Like the classic Excalibur Phantom Force, this robotic chess set can move pieces on its own. But this one lets you play against anyone in the world who has the board or its app. You can also play against the AI or spectate a match. Save an extra 15% in The Awesomer Shop with code MerrySave15. (expires 12/25/19)

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Mini Wood Chess Set

Mini Wood Chess Set

Induku’s miniature chess sets are laser cut from baltic birch plywood, and make a great stocking stuffer of bonus gift. Once you pop the pieces out, they hold in place in the cutouts on the board. The set can also be personalized with an engraving up to 40 characters.

NYC Skyline Chess Set

NYC Skyline Chess Set

From the Empire State Building to the Flatiron to the Freedom Tower, the New York City skyline is iconic and imposing. Celebrate your love for the Big Apple’s architecture with Ian Flood and Chris Prosser’s skyline chess set, which includes 32 buildings, made from heavyweight acrylic, along with a folding game board.

A Brief History of Chess

A Brief History of Chess

Accompanied by an animation from Remus & Kiki, narrator Adrian Dannatt adds his authoritative voice to Alex Gendler’s TED-Ed lesson about the origins of the popular board game, which dates back to the 7th century in India – or possibly earlier – and is still recognized as one of the most challenging strategy games you can play.

Blacksmith Chess Set

Blacksmith Chess Set

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.

Making a Resin Chess Set

Making a Resin Chess Set

Epoxy resin lets you cast just about any shape into a durable and rigid form. In this DIY clip from Dread CraftStation, he shows us how clear resin can be tinted, molded, and sanded to form a complete set of see-through chess pieces. The resulting set looks super slick when placed on a board with lighting underneath.

In2Chess Smart Chess Set

In2Chess Smart Chess Set

In2Chess is an electronic chess set for newbies and experts alike. Its board is backed with LEDs that can guide one or both players regarding permitted moves, as well as the best move for a given situation. It also offers online multiplayer with other In2Chess owners or via a web app.

Game of Thrones Chess Set

Game of Thrones Chess Set

When you play the game of chess, you win… or you die. At least that’s what happens if you play with this intricate set of hand-carved wood chess pieces Ukraine’s Chesslania, inspired by Game of Thrones. It’s cool, but we don’t think that Tyrion should be relegated to pawn.

Chessboard Coat Rack

Chessboard Coat Rack

Etsy store CreativeHolz made two unique coat racks out of chessboards and chess pieces. The wall-mounted racks come in two variants. One demonstrates the Caro-Kann Defense opening while the other has the pieces arranged in the Italian Game.

All Queens Chess

All Queens Chess

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

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.

Credit Card Chess Set

Credit Card Chess Set

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.

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Ceramic Chess Set

Ceramic Chess Set

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

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

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

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

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.

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Mod Acrylic Chess Sets

Mod Acrylic Chess Sets

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.

Nixie Chess Set

Nixie Chess Set

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 $300 less.

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.

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.

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