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Leather Chess Set

Leather Chess Set
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Muntok’s elegant roll-up chess set is handmade from vegetable-tanned leather. Its spaces are stitched in place, while its chess pieces are each made from a leather disc with a hand-embossed rank icon. It comes with a storage tube for pieces and holds closed with a leather strap.

Mini Wood Travel Chess Set

Mini Wood Travel Chess Set
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This compact chess set from Letteroom is perfect for travel, measuring in at just over 4″ across. It’s constructed from rosewood with a brass inlay around its playing surface. A built-in drawer holds its game pieces and has a foam insert to keep them from rolling around.

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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.

Rolz Chess/Checkers Set

Rolz Chess/Checkers Set

Umbra’s modern board game features a smart design for easy carrying while still offering a solid and stable surface when playing. Its board is made from vegan leather, which is attached to a segmented wooden base. When not in use, roll it up, store the pieces inside its center, and attach the end caps.

Darkboard Game Boards

Darkboard Game Boards

Darkboard offers a bold take on board game design. These eye-catching boards are made from laser-cut acrylic which sit on a backlit base. The designs create the illusion of depth and can be swapped out between Chess, Surakarta, Ludo (Parcheesi), and Nine Men’s Morris boards. Each set includes 32 acrylic chess pieces.

The Kilobyte’s Gambit

The Kilobyte’s Gambit

Inspired by the hit Netflix series The Queen’s Gambit, Matt Round of VOLE.WTF released this retro-style online chess game. What makes it especially impressive is that the game’s logic was written in less than 1 kilobyte of JavaScript code, incorporating code by Oscar Toledo G. and pixel art by Pinot W. Ichwandardi.

Magnetic Wall Chess Board

Magnetic Wall Chess Board
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This fun chess set lets you enjoy a game without taking up table space. Made by Winding Hills Designs, the wall-mounted chess set features a metal backer under its printed black and white squares, allowing its magnetic pieces to hold in place. They also make versions in white, brown, and one that comes with checkers.

Chess for Beginners: The Ultimate Course Bundle

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Learn the basics of competitive chess play with this extensive series of online lessons, which help take beginners to the next level with their skills. You’ll learn strategies from chess masters to improve your openings, middlegames, and endgames, and ready yourself for tournament play. Save 79% in The Awesomer Shop.

The Complete Chess Learning Bundle

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Now that you’ve binged The Queen’s Gambit, are you ready to break out your chess set and get in on the action? This series of online lessons will help you learn everything from the basics to advanced chess-playing tactics from expert players. In all, there are more than 120 hours of instruction in this bundle.

Photon LED Chess Board

Photon LED Chess Board

Between the popularity of The Queen’s Gambit and quarantining, there’s no better time to improve your chess game. This chess set from Showcase Plastics has a 12″ x 12″cast acrylic board with LED lighting. It’s available in a choice a variety colors for each side of the board, and includes a set of laser-cut acrylic chess pieces.

2-in-1 Chess + Checkers Set

2-in-1 Chess + Checkers Set
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Designed by artist Panisa Khunprasert, this reversible chess and checkers set features a bold color scheme and modern, minimal iconography. Both the playing pieces and board are made from sustainably-grown rubberwood, and the board slides open to provide storage. Measures 8.75″w x 8.75″d x 1.75″h.

Crownes Chess Set

Crownes Chess Set

It’s fun to play a game of chess in the park. But carrying around a full-size chess set can be a pain. This cleverly-designed set features a roll-up board and pieces that stack inside of each other inside of a tube. Choose from steel, zinc, or plastic pieces, leather, PU leather, or silicone board, and a leather or polyester case.

Explosive Chess

Explosive Chess

Back in the day, there was this great video game called Battle Chess, in which chess pieces fought to the death on the board. This clip from CGI animator lotsalote envisions what a next-gen version of that game might look like, as individual chess pieces explode violently on impact with their opponents.

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Shinola Travel Chess Set

Shinola Travel Chess Set
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Shinola’s elegant travel chess set makes for a very special Father’s Day gift. It features a combination carry case and game board handmade from Navy and Bourbon leather, along with a debossed checkerboard surface and cutout slots for holding its resin game tokens, which flip over for a quick game of checkers.

Felt + Pin Chess Set

Felt + Pin Chess Set
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This unique chess set from Sweden’s Induku consists of a thick felt board, along with laser-cut wooden pieces that stick into the board with pins. The design means you can attach it to a pushpin wall, or play it on a soft surface like a couch, bed, or rug. Available in blue or red felt.

NYC Skyline Chess Set

NYC Skyline Chess Set
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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.

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)

Mini Wood Chess Set

Mini Wood Chess Set
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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.

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
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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.

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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
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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
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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
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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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