Monday, June 23, 2008

How to make chess better . . .

I'm usually pretty skeptical about using novelty boards to make chess better (remember this?) but maybe not this time:

Yes, that's right. It's a glow-in-the-dark chess set. Ideal for use in caves, gloomy night-clubs, during blackouts, and possibly nothing else.

But anyway, this isn't some over-priced novelty item. Instead it is handmade, the maker Tetranitrate posting his creation on the Instructables website ("The World's Biggest Show and Tell"). There he also tells you how you can make your own in twelve easy steps. Not only that, there's a video of the set in action, demonstrating the moves of a Deep Blue versus Kasparov game to some quirky music.

Now all we need are glow-in-the-dark clocks, scoresheets, pens . . .

3 comments:

peter said...

How about the squares?

Polly said...

That is one funky chess set! I like his power stratagy in that when a piece goes off the board it's dark. Very clever. I can't say I'd take the time to make one myself though.

Tom Chivers said...

Who needs squares?